ABSTRACT. The article compares two 19th century historical novels about the Cossack uprisings of the 17th century. Z burzliwej chwili by Teodor Tomasz Jeż describes the eve of Khmel’nytskyj’s Uprising, while Michał Czajkowski’s Hetman Ukrainy depicts the later civil war period called “the Ruin”. The authors were well-known émigré activists and former insurgents, now mostly forgotten in the literary canon. Their narratives influenced later works about the Cossacks. Similarities and differences between these works are discussed, highlighting aspects of Ruthenian society omitted by the authors.
«pl.it / rassegna italiana di argomenti polacchi», 6, 2015, pp. 73-92