The Mrożek Reader
Grove Press, 2004 - 680
S3awomir Mro¿ek has reigned as the pre-eminent playwright and satirist of Eastern Europe for the past half-century. A sharp critic of all oppressive systems during the Cold War, he began his career as a young enthusiast for the new Communist regime in the early 1950s. It didn't take long, however, until he was deemed such a threat that his work was banned not only in his native Poland, but also in all Eastern bloc countries. After the fall of Communism, he returned home from self imposed exile in the West and was recognized as a major literary figure. This reissue of fourteen plays and ten short stories, along with a sampling of his capricious cartoons, affirms Mro¿ek's mastery of a wide spectrum of styles, and illustrates the development of his talent over the decades. From the vantage point of the twenty-first century, Mro¿ek's questioning of authority, his razor-sharp sense of the comic, and his spirit of contradiction seem as fresh, and as relevant, as ever.
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From the Darkness
The Background to an Era
A Drummers Adventure
Striptease OneAct Play 1961
Tango ThreeAct Play 1964
Emigrants OneAct Play 1974
The Hunchback FourAct Play 1975
Four OneAct Animal Plays
Philosopher Fox 1977
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