Between Absurdity and Apocalypse: Contemporary Poland in Drama and Fiction, 1977–87

Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)


The late seventies bore witness to an interesting shift in Polish culture. Books issued by state publishers began to be rivalled, not in quantity but in their importance to the reading public, by uncensored editions, printed unofficially in Poland or published abroad. One could argue, perhaps, that the new freedom of expression failed to produce an invasion of masterpieces, but this is to miss the point. Novels and short stories freed from state control were expected to address those problems closest to their readers’ hearts and to voice the anxieties which were haunting society. Therefore, regardless of whether or not they are outstanding achievements, uncensored books have a certain documentary value and may be treated as such.


Short Story Moral Standard Gobi Desert Polish Culture Secret Police 
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