by Konstantin Biebl
translated from the Czech by Jed Slast
Konstantin Biebl (1898-1951) was a member of Devětsil and co-founder of the Surrealist Group of Czechoslovakia. Known primarily as a poet, Plancius is one of his few works of prose. Very much in the vein of Poetism, it presents the mindset of Dutch colonialists as they sail to Java. It was published as a gift for friends in a limited edition booklet by Sfinx B. Janda in Prague on New Years 1931. Jindřich Štyrský provided the frontispiece and the design.
Read it here.