Sławomir Mrożek Dies
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Sławomir Mrożek died on August 15th 2013 at the age of 83.
Sławomir Mrożek, photo. Włodzimierz Wasyluk
The celebrated Polish writer and playwright Sławomir Mrożek died, according to online information confirmed by his publishing house, Noir Sur Blanc. The author died in Nice on Thursday morning. He was 83 years old.
Sławomir Mrożek was born on the 29th of July in a small town in the south of Poland - Borzęcin. His plays were among the most performed of all Polish theater both in Poland and abroad, and his prose is considered to be, alongside the works of Stanisław Lem, one of the most outstanding of modern Polish literature. Mrożek is to be entombed in the National Polish Pantheon in Kraków, an honour reserved to exceptional figures of Polish art and science.
His works were translated in several languages, and his memory was honoured by the press all over the globe.
The Russian daily Izvestia writes:
Mrożek received worldwide fame because of his plays – he is one of the classics of the theater of absurd. Critique has claimed him the equal of Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco and Thomas Bernhard.
The French newspaper Le Figaro adds that:
Mrożek conciles in his works absurd comedy, linguistic parody, and ambiguous metaphors. He shows us a deformed and schematized world where form takes over meaning.
The Swiss press also has high praise for Mrożek.
Ulrich M. Schmid writes for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: his pen belonged to the sharpest in the Eastern block and was feared by the powerful. Slawomir Mrozek was a sharp critic of the condition under social realism and an active analytic of the after war period in Eastern Europe. (…)
Although according to his own words Mrożek travelled as far as he could to the West [in 1989 he moved from Paris to Mexico], in his thoughts he stayed with the East.
With the passing away of Mrożek, Polish literature loses two authorities at the same time: the sharp analyst of the after war period and the successful playwright, who due to his distinctive style already became a modern classic
Sources: PAP, lefigaro.fr, nzz.ch, izvestia.ru, 15/08/2013; edited by KH, LS, LB, MJ