We are proudly publishing the first issue of Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica devoted to Kazimiera Alberti: a mysterious yet inspiring author. Alberti belongs to both Polish and Italian literary traditions and functions in these two cultural and linguistic spaces even though this presence bears different implications in each case. Despite the incontrovertible merits of her writings, she still remains unknown to the wider audience if not entirely forgotten by it. Cutting-edge and capacious in its aims and scope, this mostly unprecedented issue we thereby present is bilingual, just as Alberti’s writings.
The paper focuses on an undercurrent analysis of social problems present in almost all Kazimiera Alberti’s work written in an interwar period. A kind of “hierarchy” of people suffering from social, economic, ethnic and gender inequality is evident in Alberti’s works. This “hierarchy” could be considered as hell circles, although a gradation of pain and misery depends on a level of social rejection, not on committed sins. Alberti puts cultural and ethnic hybrids in the deepest circle of hell – those people are perceived as others/aliens (and often not as human beings) by both (or more) cultures/communities, they are “made” from.