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Franciszek Fiszer (better known as Franc Fiszer; March 25, 1860 - April 9, 1937) was a Polish bon-vivant, gourmand, erudite and philosopher, a friend of the most notable writers and philosophers of contemporary Warsaw and one of Warsaw's semi-legendary people. He is best remembered for a large number of anecdotes, jokes and sayings coined by him and about him.

Biography

Franciszek Józef Marian Fiszer was born in 1860 in the Ławy manor near Ostrołęka, to Teresa née Glinczanka and Józef Fiszer. His father was from among the German nobility, polonised in the 18th century and a distant relative of General Stanisław Fiszer, while his mother was a member of the Polish gentry and owner of the said manor and village. Very little is known of Fiszer's childhood apart from the fact that he was a late child (both of his parents being over 40 at his birth) and that he became and orphan relatively soon.

In 1880s Fiszer moved to Warsaw, where he started spending most of his time in Warsaw's cafes, restaurants and some of the most notable clubs of the era. With time, he became a characteristic part of the Warsaw's social panorama and became friends with most of the contemporary Polish writers, poets, artists and politicians. Renown for his existential monologues and anecdotes, Fiszer's only past-time were the restaurants. In the interbellum, Fiszer became one of the most notable members of the Warsaw's high society. Frequent guest at balls and parties, he became a living legend. His family village became neglected and soon had to be parcellated for debts. However, Fiszer's life style did not suffer as he barely ever had to pay for his meals, since he was seen by the gastronomers as an advertisement for their restaurants. That is why he often was a guest of Udziałowa, Ziemiańska, IPS, Oaza, Astoria or Blikle.

Among the closest friends of Franc Fiszer were Bolesław Leśmian (Fiszer is said to have invented his pen-name), Stefan Żeromski, Władysław Reymont, the Skamandrites Antoni Słonimski and Julian Tuwim, Jan Lechoń, Miriam, Artur Rubinstein and Antoni Lange. Although Fiszer never published any book himself, he is mentioned in nearly all memoirs by Warsaw's artists of the inter-war period. Also, he became the only person never to publish a book to be mentioned in both Stanisław Tatarkiewicz's Polish Biographical Dictionary and Leszek Kołakowski's Philosophy in Poland; Dictionary of Writers.

In 1985, most of the memoirs mentioning Franciszek Fiszer were collected by Roman Loth in a book titled Na rogu Nowego Światu i nieskończoności (At the Crossing of Nowy Świat and Infinity).

Bibliography

  1. various authors, ed. Roman Loth (1985). Na rogu Nowego Światu i nieskończoności. Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, Warsaw. ISBN 83-06-01067-1.  
  2. various authors, ed. Maria Szyszkowska (1997). Spotkania z Fiszerem. Stowarzyszenie "Spolegliwość", Łomża.  
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Quotes

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Franciszek Fiszer (25 March 18609 April 1937), more commonly known as Franc Fiszer, was a gourmand and philosopher.

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  • Przyjechała pusta dorożka - i wysiadł z niej Leśmian!
    • There came an empty cab and Leśmian got out of it
    • on the tiny posture of the poet
    • Fiszer:Nie będzie porządku w Polsce, jeśli się nie rozstrzela 750000 szubrawców.
    • Na to ktoś zauważa sceptycznie: Czy myślisz, że jest aż 750000 szubrawców?
    • Fiszer: Nic nie szkodzi. W razie czego dobierzemy z uczciwych.
  • Translation
    • Fiszer: There will be no order in Poland, unless we shoot 750 000 rogues.
    • Someone, sceptically: Do you think there are 750 000 rogues in Poland?
    • Fiszer: There is no problem, if we run short of rogues we can browse from among the honest ones
    • Fiszer: Where are you going to?
    • Jerzy Zaruba: To lunch
    • Fiszer: Lucky you, I already had mine...

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