Joseph Conrad monument

  Al. Jana Pawła II 1, Gdynia     more than a year ago
The work of Danuta and Zdzisław Koseda and Wawrzyniec Samp, and unveiled in 1976, Gdynia's tribute to Poland's most famous sea-faring author (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, 1857 - 1924), who hailed from Berdychiv in what is now Ukraine and who as far as anyone can tell had no connections with Gdynia, sits splendidly opposite the city's Oceanographic Museum adding a touch of class to the pleasant concrete spit of land on which it's placed. The delightfully stylised monument is one of only a few in the world dedicated to the great man, and the only to depict his likeness. An inscription, taken from his novel Lord Jim, reads in Polish, 'Nic tak nie nęci, nie rozczarowuje i nie zniewala, jak życie na morzu' ("There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than life at sea").


Connect via social media
google sign in button
Leave a comment using your email This e-mail address is not valid
Please enter your name*

Please share your location

Enter your message*
Christine Lipner

Re the fact that Joseph Conrad had no personal connection with Gdynia - - absolutely true. However, his books were read avidly by young readers, especially male, of my father's generation (1906 - - 1987) and these "landlubbers" were lured to the sea and seafaring. Check the biographies of Poland's celebrated naval and merchant marine officers of WWII and you will probably find references to Conrad. Therefore, Conrad is responsible, albeit indirectly, for creating a maritime tradition in Poland. That is why the monument is there.
Dr GWS Brodsky

Conrad did not "hail from Bialystok."He was born in Berdechiv (Pol. Berdiczów) Ukraine, lived also in exile as a child in Vologda, and later in Lviv (Pol. Lwów), Krakow and Marseille before leaving for Britain.
Put our app in your pocket

Poland shop
This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here. AGREE