wow Poles get into a flame wars because of literature? This Tango description reminded me of Kafka’s The Trial, as in
you will read it if only you are a book lover
This got me thinking and I can’t think of similar mandatory literature that we have here in Serbia. Only thing that comes to my mind is an epic poem “Stari Vujadin” (Old Vujadin) which is analyzed in the fourth grade (10-year-olds). It’s maybe inappropriate for that age because old Vujadin gets his arms and legs broken and his black eyes taken out by the Turks who call the old man kurva (whore). And children have to learn this by heart.