Janusz Głowacki

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Janusz Głowacki
Janusz Głowacki at the 2009 Literaturomania Festival
Janusz Głowacki at the 2009 Literaturomania Festival
BornJanusz Andrzej Głowacki
(1938-09-13)13 September 1938
Poznań, Poland
Died19 August 2017 (aged 78)
  • Playwright
  • Essayist
Alma materUniversity of Warsaw
Notable works
  • Antigone in New York
  • Fortinbras Gets Drunk
  • The Fourth Sister
  • Hunting Cockroaches
Notable awards
Spouse1) Ewa Zadrzyńska (divorced)
2) Olena Leonenko (2015-2017; his death)[1]
ChildrenZuzanna Glowacka[2]

Janusz Głowacki (13 September 1938 – 19 August 2017)[3] was a Polish playwright, essayist and screenwriter.[4]


Janusz Głowacki was born on 13 September 1938 in Poznań. He began his literary career by publishing his collections of short stories depicting the cultural and social reality of the 1960s and 1970s in Poland, such as The Nonsense Spinner (1968) and The New La-ba-da Dance (1970). His works achieved great popularity and made him famous, thanks especially to his satirical portrayal of social phenomena in regularly published articles.[5]

He wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Polowanie na muchy (1969) (Hunting Flies) and co-wrote the screenplay of the popular Polish movie Rejs (The Cruise), released in 1970.[3] The 2001 film Mechanical Suite is based on his short story Brothers. Głowacki co-wrote screenplay for Cold War, which was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7]

Głowacki emigrated in 1981 to New York City in the wake of the imposition of martial law in Poland by its Communist government. There, he was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for Antigone in New York (1994).[8] He was prominent in New York City society and the arts.

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  1. ^ "Obituary" (PDF). Legacy.com. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Zuzanna Glowacka". IMDb. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Scislowska, Monika (19 August 2017). "Prize-winning Polish-US playwright Janusz Glowacki dies". Retrieved 19 August 2017 – via washingtonpost.com.
  4. ^ Trojanowska, Tamara (2003), Stephan, Halina (ed.), "Many happy returns: Janusz Głowacki and his exilic experience", Living in Translation: Polish Writers in America, Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics Series, Rodopi, 38, p. 259, ISBN 9042010169
  5. ^ "Janusz Głowacki". Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  6. ^ "The 2018 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ Helen Hayes Award Nominees & Recipients, theatreWashington, retrieved 10 February 2013
  9. ^ Encyklopedia teatru polskiego, "Janusz Głowacki", Encyklopedia teatru polskiego, retrieved 19 August 2017
  10. ^ "Nagroda Prezydenta Miasta Gdańska "Neptuny"" (in Polish). Oficjalny serwis Miasta Gdańska; http://www.gdansk.pl. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Edition 2013". Jan Michalski Foundation. Retrieved 14 September 2013.

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