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Dorota Masłowska, photo: Darek Golik / Forum

Polish-American plays, read-outs, exchanges and live broadcasted drama concerts – here’s a preview of the Polish Theatre Month in Los Angeles, a series of events which will unravel the energy and rhythm of Polish contemporary dramatic art overseas.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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Sławomir Mrożek at the Noir sur Blanc publishing house, Warsaw, October 1, 2009, photo: Marek Dusza

The Diary covers a whole era between the years 1962-1989; it is a long-awaited and exceptionally important book which until now has been missing in the already published collection of Mrożek.

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This book was meant as medicine after Sławomir Mrożek had suffered a massive stroke. He lost his power of speech and writing as a result. With time, it was recommended that Mrożek try writing as a therapy facilitating his return to normal functioning. Nomination for the 2007 Nike Literary Award...

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For Polish playwrights, 1989 was a year of euphoria, relief and hope.

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Two plays by Slawomir Mrozek, crowning his twentieth-century achievements. He wrote "The Reverends" (1996) shortly before his return to Cracow. "A Beautiful Sight" was written in Poland in 1998...

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cover of Small Letters - Sławomir Mrożek

The collection of sketches entitled "Small Letters" were begun in 1974, when the author, who had already been living in France for some year, was awarded a two-year scholarship in West Berlin...

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Cover of A journal of return - Sławomir Mrożek

"A Journal of Return" consists of two parts: the first is made up of sketches in the form of a diary, and was written in Mexico on Rancho La Epifania. The second part, titled "Kraków", contains sketches which Sławomir Mrożek wrote after his return to Poland...

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Directed by Jerzy Stuhr, Stary Theatre in Kraków, June 2001.

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