This man is absolutely an old-world intellectual of the highest order. He claims to be mysterious at times, but never enough to defend himself when it comes to that, and his experiences and insights have all the clarity of being fully lived.
As a man he was likely more passive than active in person, a bit proud, a little ridiculous and utterly, even self-destructively dedicated to his art.
It makes little difference, but I wonder in passing if he remained somehow a communist after a decade of work in the embassies of Communist Poland. His memoirs suggest as much but strange that they don't say as much. Does anyone know?