Adam Michnik

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  • Zdzislaw Marek Krasnodebski (Universität Bremen)

Since the late 1960s Adam Michnik has been a major figure in Polish political life and one of the most known Polish intellectuals in the world. He has received a large number of awards, wrote a number of books, and is Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, an influential Warsaw daily. In the 1980s many Poles considered him a national hero. In spite of that, no one in Poland wrote his biography. There is a genuine lack of not only scholarly texts, but also personal remembrances of people who knew him at various points in his life. According to his foreign (and only) biographer, Cyril Bouyeure, “Michnik has mastered the art of destabilizing the totalitarian regime—so why are political scientists and historians so shy in …

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Krasnodebski, Zdzislaw Marek. "Adam Michnik". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2010
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]

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  1. Communism and Dissent in Central and Eastern Europe