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Alexander Wat

Aleksander Wat (Warsaw, 1900 – Paris, 1967) was born into an old-established and illustrious Jewish family which counted amongst its members the famous cabalist Isaac Luria. Wat studied philosophy, psychology and logic at Warsaw University, where he made contact with the literary vanguard. It was under their influence that he wrote his first book of poems, ME On One Side and ME On the Other Side of my Dog-Iron Brazier (1920) and the collection of short stories Lucifer on Strike (1927). He contributed to many important publications of the time, such as Nowa Sztuka and Tygodnik literacki, making known the work of Mayakovsi and futurism. He committed suicide in Paris in 1967.