Invisible Country

Four Polish Plays

Edited and Translated by Teresa Murjas

Invisible Country
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Edited and Translated by Teresa Murjas

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

295 pages | 6 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841504148 Published March 2013

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century marked a tumultuous period in Poland’s history, with artists and writers working under difficult sociopolitical conditions. This book contains the first English- language translations of four plays by Polish writers in the modernist tradition: Snow by Stanislaw Przybyszewski, In a Small House by Tadeusz Rittner, Ashanti by Wlodzimierz Perzynski, and All the Same by Leopold Staff. Well-chosen and carefully annotated, these translations provide important insight into this underexplored area of Polish dramatic history and practice and facilitate greater understanding of its role in the development of European theater. Also included is a broad discussion of the characteristics of translation for the theater.

World Literature Today
“This collection marks a unique effort to characterize the fragile identity of Poland through theater. . . . Accompanied by photographs of each play in performance, Teresa Murjas’s interpretations affirm the essential role of the translator in modern theater.”
Slavic and East European Journal
“Murjas aims to achieve translations that stand at the intersection of linguistic and cultural faithfulness to the original with cultural accessibility for a twenty-first-century audience.”

Ashanti (1906)
In a Small House (1904)
Snow (1902)
All the Same (1912)
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