Polish dramatist, prose writer, feuilletonist, screenwriter, and cartoonist, one of the main representatives of the Central European Theatre of the Absurd, Mrożek belonged to the generation that described itself as the “war children”—a cohort deeply affected by World War II trauma, later believers in communist ideology, and eventually subject to oppression by the communist system. He debuted with satirical

Tales from Bumble Bee Hill


Opowiadania z Trzmielowej Góry,

1953) and

Practical half-armour


Półpancerze praktyczne,

1953), yet it was the short story collection

The Elephant



1957) and the play

The Police



1958) that established his position as a noted satirist and commentator on contemporary affairs.

The central thrust of Mrożek’s works consists in

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Citation: Gutkowska, Barbara. "Sławomir Mrożek". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12661, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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