London Literature Festival 2013 marks the recent translation of a new poetry collection
The poet, playwright and novelist Tadeusz Różewicz is Poland’s most celebrated living author, a Nobel prize nominee described by Seamus Heaney as “one of the great European poets of the 20th century’.
Last Saturday, as part of the 2013 London Literature Festival, a lively audience of Britons and Poles packed the Purcell Room for an evening to celebrate the publication by the excellent Stork Press of Barbara Bogoczek’s translation of Mother Departs, Różewicz’s 1999 homage in poetry and prose to the life of his mother Stefania. Incorporating extracts from her letters and diaries, it is a haunting reflection on Polish life from her childhood in a remote village under Tsarist rule to the materialist clamour of the 1990s. [Read More]
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