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Twenty-First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage

Questioning the ethics of historical narratives and the construction of national identities, this anthology of Polish plays explores the trauma of war, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and reappraisals of the post-communist reality in Poland. The eleven selected pieces dive deep into complex subjects such as Poland’s  loss since the Holocaust, its difficult postwar relations with Germany, the social metamorphoses since the political upheaval of 1989, and the needs of Polish families and youth since the nation’s transition to free-market economy. Krzysztof Warlikowski’s acclaimed production, (A)pollonia, which calls upon excerpts from Greek tragedies, novels by Jonathan Littell and J. M. Coetzee, and reportage by Hanna Krall, provides the title for the anthology as it encapsulates the key subjects, conflicts, and dilemmas prominent in the Polish theater of the last decade.

The texts are wonderfully accompanied by thirty-five black and white photographs of performances, along with a DVD showcasing select scenes from the original Polish productions. The introduction provides the historical and political framework for the collected texts, and the foreword explains the scope of the international collaboration that produced the exceptional translations in this volume.

625 pages | 35 halftones, 1 DVD | 6 x 7 1/2 | © 2014

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Table of Contents



Joanna Klass


Krystyna Duniec and Joanna Krakowska


Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński, and Janek Poniedziałek

The Mayor

Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk


Dunja Funke and Sebastian Majewski

Trash Story

Magda Fertacz

right left with heels


Foreign Bodies

Julia Holewińska

In Desert and Wilderness

After Sienkiewicz and Others

Bartosz Frąckowiak and Weronika Szczawińska

Small Narration

Wojtek Ziemilski

No Matter How Hard We Tried

Or We exist on the Best Terms We Can

Dorota Masłowska

Diamonds are Coal that Got Down to Business

Paweł Demirski

I Love You No Matter What

Przemysław Wojcieszek

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