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Mroƶek, Slawomir

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Theatre.

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(1930-2013) Polish cartoonist, playwright and author, most of his output being absurdist dramas (see Fabulation) beginning with Policja ["The Police"], published in 1958. Several of these are assembled in Six Plays (coll trans N Bethell 1967); a further play, Vatzlav (1970; trans Ralph Manheim 1970 chap), is set in a mythical metamorphosis-engendering tyranny evocative of the works of Franz Kafka. The short stories in Slón (coll 1957; trans Konrad Syrop as The Elephant 1962) and The Ugupu Bird (coll trans Konrad Syrop 1968) – the latter selected from Wesele w Atomicach (coll 1959), Ucieczka na Południe (coll 1961) and Deszcz (coll 1962) – satirically mix fantasy and absurdist elements in a manner similar to that of Italo Calvino. The title story of The Ugupu Bird is an amusing brief Satire in which an explorer becomes all too willingly assimilated into the complex interactions of a jungle Ecology. After defecting to Italy in 1963, Mroƶek remained in exile until 1996, when he returned to Poland and remained there until a further move to France in 2008. [JC]

Slawomir Mroƶek

born Borzecin, Poland: 29 June 1930

died Nice, France: 15 August 2013


  • Slón (Kraków, Poland: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1957) [coll: binding unknown/]
    • The Elephant (London: Macdonald, 1962) [coll: trans by Konrad Syrop of the above: hb/Rupert Smith]
  • Wesele w Atomicach (Kraków, Poland: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1959) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Ucieczka na Południe (Warszawa, Poland: Iskry, 1961) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Deszcz (Kraków, Poland: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1962) [coll: binding unknown/]
    • The Ugupu Bird (London: Macdonald, 1968) [coll: selected and trans by Konrad Syrop from the above three: hb/Michael Heawood]

plays (in translation only)


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