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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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Market place under the Palace of Culture and Science, 1992, photo: Aleksander Jałosiński / Forum

Wherever we are born, our national identity begins to be shaped by the myths we are told in our very childhood. While deconstructing our own myths may be painful, I believe that discovering the mythology of others is fascinating. This is why I – born and raised in Poland – decided to share the story of my personal uncovering of a few truths about being Polish.

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