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By Teresa Murjas

The overdue 19th and early 20th century marked a tumultuous interval in Poland’s historical past, with artists and writers operating below tough sociopolitical stipulations. This publication includes the 1st English- language translations of 4 performs by way of Polish writers within the modernist culture: Snow by Stanislaw Przybyszewski, In a Small condo by Tadeusz Rittner, Ashanti by Wlodzimierz Perzynski, and all of the Same through Leopold employees. Well-chosen and thoroughly annotated, those translations supply vital perception into this underexplored quarter of Polish dramatic background and perform and facilitate larger figuring out of its position within the improvement of eu theater. additionally integrated is a wide dialogue of the features of translation for the theater.

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S. Wandycz, The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present (London: Routledge, 1996), pp. 176–177. , pp. 179–180. , 178. 13 Ibid. 14 Ibid, p. 194. 15 K. Braun, A Concise History of Polish Theater from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Centuries (Lewiston: Mellen, 1993). 16 Ibid, p. 121. 17 A. Hutnikiewicz, Młoda Polska (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2008), p. 226. id=4-Dyak5fmEUC&redir_ esc=y. 36 Ashanti (1906) Włodzimierz Perzyn´ski Reading Ashanti Presentation of the Translation As suggested in my Introduction to Invisible Country, this particular translation is presented somewhat unconventionally.

Hutnikiewicz, Młoda Polska (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2008), p. 226. id=4-Dyak5fmEUC&redir_ esc=y. 36 Ashanti (1906) Włodzimierz Perzyn´ski Reading Ashanti Presentation of the Translation As suggested in my Introduction to Invisible Country, this particular translation is presented somewhat unconventionally. It is interspersed with text boxes containing documentation of my 2012 research production of the play. My intention in incorporating information about the production is not to over-determine the reader’s interpretation of the play text, nor to imply a ‘correct’ approach to its practical realization.

A key Polish edition, however, was W. Perzyński, Aszantka (Kraków: Universitas, 2003). 35 Invisible Country 5 I referred to several versions of this play during the translation process. A key Polish edition, however, was L. Staff, To Samo (Warszawa: Bibljoteka Polska, 1923). 610307 for my recent article about the National Theatre production of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s play Nasza Klasa (Our Class). 7 The production was rehearsed at the University of Reading during autumn 2009. Performances took place in Reading and London, at POSK theatre, in autumn/spring 2009/10.

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