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About the Author: Sławomir Mrożek

Sławomir Mrożek (born June 29, 1930, died August 15, 2013) was a Polish dramatist and writer.

Mrożek joined the Polish United Workers' Party during the reign of Stalinism in the People's Republic of Poland, and made a living as a political journalist.

In the late 1950s Mrożek begun writing plays. His first play, Policja (The Police), was published in 1958. Mrożek emigrated to France in 1963 and then further to Mexico. He traveled in France, England, Italy, Yugoslavia and other European countries. In 1996 he returned to Poland and settled in Kraków.

His first full-length play "Tango" (1964) – a family saga – is still along with "The Emigrants" (a bitter and ironic portrait of two Polish emigrants in Paris) his best-known work, and continue to be performed throughout the world.[who?] Director Andrzej Wajda made a theatre production of "The Emigrants" in 1975 at the Teatr Stary in Kraków. In 2006 Mrożek released his autobiography called "Baltazar".

Mrożek's works belong to the genre of Theatre of the Absurd, intended to shock the audience with non-realistic elements, political and historic references, distortion and parody.



An illustration by Daniel Mróz for Mrożek's book „Słoń” ('The Elephant'), 1957

In 1953, during the reign of Stalinism in Poland, Mrożek was one of several signatories of an open letter to Polish authorities participating in defamation of Catholic priests from Kraków, three of whom were condemned to death (but never executed) by the communist government after being groundlessly accused of treason.

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ISBN10: 8496834662 | ISBN13: 9788496834668

Page count: 216

En Huida hacia el sur (publicada originalmente en 1961), un antropoide simpático y erudito—llamado, seguramente no por casualidad, Godot—recorre Polonia en compañía de tres adolescentes. Caricaturizando la novela juvenil de aventuras y añadiendo dibujos de su propia mano, Mrozek consigue una versión rústica y disparatada del tebeo, género tan popular como inaccesible en la Polonia comunista. Y si la forma rehace de manera absolutamente cómica su modelo, el propio relato no duda en ridiculizar la pseudoindustrialización, los planes quinquenales, los esnobismos literarios, los provincianismos mezquinos, los pequeños sueños de gran mundo y de evasión que predominaban en aquel país. Huida hacia el sur es uno de las primeras novelas de Mrozek, en la que se le encuentra ya de cuerpo entero: divertidísimo, inteligente y, por encima de todo, enormemente singular.

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