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Young Adam Mickiewicz, photo: Wikipedia

Adam Mickiewicz, Poland's greatest bard, seems to be omnipresent – streets, schools, even brands of chocolate and vodka are named after him. But much in the way that Shakespeare continues to be controversial, Mickiewicz also seems to attract endless speculation. Through new translations of his work, Marek Kazmierski explores the legacy of this remarkable writer.

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Statue of Copernicus in Independence Park, near the District Planetarium, Bogota, photo: Pedro Felipe/Wikimedia

A Colombian Copernicus? Jagiełło in New York City? Karol Wojtyla in East Timor? Culture.pl goes global to explore the stories of monuments to famous Poles around the world.

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Габриэль фон Макс «Плат Вероники», источник: Wikimedia

Could it be that most Polish modern literature was written in the secret language of the Aesopian?

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Joseph Conrad, photo: PAP

The author of The Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, and Lord Jim was born and grew up in partitioned Poland. Yet his literary work is ostensibly devoid of almost any traces of his background. So where should one look for Conrad’s Polishness?

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, photo: promotional materials

The authors of The Witcher came across a typical problem for local products released onto an international market. How does one go about references to local culture or history? Should it be explained to the foreign consumer? Or should the creators leave it as it is and not worry about it being understood or not? Or maybe it should be cut out altogether?

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Cover of Forefathers' Eve by Adam Mickiewicz, English translation, photo: courtesy of Polish Cultural Institute

Adam Mickiewicz’s four-part poetic drama Dziady (Forefather’s Eve), one of the greatest works of European Romanticism, gets its first complete English translation at last.

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Известные люди с польскими именами. Фотоколлаж: Culture.pl

What’s the hidden connection between the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich, Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and the 19th-century American politician Thaddeus Stevens?

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Wawel Royal Castle and the Royal Archcathedral Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus, photo: Bartłomiej Kudowicz / Forum

Wawelskie Wzgórze, na którym mieści się Zamek Królewski i Katedra, przez wieki było centrum władzy świeckiej i duchownej w Polsce. W roku 1000 w Krakowie powstało biskupstwo, a wkrótce potem na Wzgórzu Wawelskim wzniesiono pierwszą katedrę.

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Урна с сердцем Тадеуша Костюшко в Королевском замке в Варшаве, 1927. Источник: Национальный цифровой архив

Chopin’s heart travelling on the train in his sister’s lap, the three funerals (and one scandal) of a national bard, or Słowacki arriving in Warsaw some 70 years after his death aboard the ‘Mickiewicz’ ship... Culture.pl takes a look at the most famous Polish dead, and the macabre, strange and haunting afterlife of Polish bodies.

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The play Forefather’s Eve: Brześć Fortress, directed by Paweł Passini, 2015, Lublin, photo: Maciej Rukasz / rukasz.com

Forefather’s Eve, a play directed by Paweł Passini, is to return to Belarusian stages. The famous staging of Adam Mickiewicz’s drama will be performed in October 2016 in Minsk.

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La Serena, Chile, photo: Víctor Sáez Barros / CC / Wikimedia Commons

Ignacy Domeyko – geologist, mining engineer, researcher of South America, and a central figure in shaping education and the economy in Chile – will be the subject of a new museum in La Serena, to be opened in 2017.

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History is made of controversies. And Polish history in particular. Here are 15 peculiar facts from Poland’s past that really make Poland stand out and may also help explain the country’s unique place in the world.

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The play Dziady. Brest Fortress, directed by Paweł Passini, 2015. Photo: Elena Lola Leszczyńska

We treat Forefathers' Eve seriously. Spells in Belarusian sound exactly the same as when Mickiewicz heard them – say Paweł Passini and Patrycja Dołowy, the creators of Dziady. Brest Fortress.

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Scena z przedstawienia "Dziady. Twierdza Brześć" w reżyserii Pawła Passiniego, 2015, Lublin, fot. Maciej Rukasz / rukasz.com

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Jerzy Grotowski, 1973, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum

Adam Mickiewicz, André Lichnerowicz, Jerzy Grotowski, and Barbara Romanowicz were all lecturers of the Collège de France at various times throughout the school's prestigious history. Each represented unique fields of research that contributed to the school’s centuries-old Latin motto, Docet Omnia – It Teaches Everything.

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Grażyna Szapołowska and Michał Żebrowski in Andrzej Wajda's Pan Tadeusz, photo: Mirek Noworyta / Agencja SE / East News

Andrzej Wajda's film adaptation of Adam Mickiewicz’s epic poem. Written in Paris between 1832 and 1834, for the author it was supposed to be an escape from the Parisian reality of the Polish emigrants’ conflicts after the unsuccessful uprising against Russia.

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A museum devoted to Adam Mickiewicz situated in a refurbished manor in Nowogródek.

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A scene from the performance of Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve directed by Michał Zadara, photo: Natalia Kabanow / Polski Theatre in Wrocław

More than 6,000 verses with no omissions. Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve directed by Michał Zadara at the Polski Theatre in Wrocław is a theatrical undertaking on an unprecedented scale.

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