Tadeusz Różewicz 1921–
Polish poet, playwright, and short story writer.
Różewicz is one of Poland's most important and influential writers. Although universal in theme, his work is said to speak especially to the generation of Polish adults whose memories of youth, like his own, are synonomous with memories of the horrifying experiences of the Second World War.
Early exposure to brutality and death radically affected Różewicz's view of life and people. He writes from a point beyond despair, one where humans lack all grace and honor and are merely animals. Różewicz is not, however, a nihilist. His work is most compelling in his portraits of individuals inching toward some semblance of meaning in a world that appears to have gone mad.
Różewicz scorns the conventional techniques and philosophies of literature and often questions the validity of poetry itself. Viewing romanticism as ludicrous, he equates pain with truth and creates verse that sometimes verges on the journalistic. A recent addition to his translated work is "The Survivor" and Other Poems.
(See also CLC, Vol. 9.)