Tadeusz Różewicz

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  • Tamara Trojanowska (University of Toronto)

Tadeusz Różewicz (1921–2014) was born in Radomsko, one of the oldest provincial towns in Poland, into the family of a court clerk (Władysław) and a housewife (Stefania, née Gelbard); the province remained his bedrock throughout his life. He was only a few days short of turning eighteen when World War II broke out. His thinking about the world would be later defined by the traumas of this cataclysmic event and its aftermath, which were experienced with particular intensity in Poland. This son of the Polish provinces not only became, in the words of Seamus Heaney, “one of the great European poets of the 20th century”, but also an equally original, independent, and subversive playwright, prose and screenwriter, an innovator of …

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Trojanowska, Tamara. "Tadeusz Różewicz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 June 2016
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