Pan Tadeusz (Hardcover)

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Pan Tadeusz is an epic poem by the Polish poet, writer and philosopher Adam Mickiewicz. The book was first published in June 1834 in Paris and is considered by many to be the last great epic poem in European literature.  It is a tale of mystery, mistaken identity and patriotism set the days before Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

A new translation of the classic tale of mystery, war and patriotism by Adam Mickiewicz

Pan Tadeusz is an epic poem by the Polish poet, writer and philosopher Adam Mickiewicz. The book was first published in June 1834 in Paris and is considered by many to be the last great epic poem in European literature.  It is a tale of mystery, mistaken identity and patriotism set the days before Napoleon's invasion of Russia.

The story takes place over the course of five days in 1811 and two days in 1812, at a time in history, when Poland-Lithuania had already been divided between the armies of Russia, Prussia, and Austria and erased from the political map of Europe, although in 1807, just before the story begins, Napoleon had established a satellite Duchy of Warsaw in the Prussian partition, in existence until the Congress of Vienna held in the aftermath of Napoleonic defeat.

The place is situated within the Russian partition, in the village of Soplicowo; the country estate of the Soplica clan. Pan Tadeusz recounts the story of two feuding noble families, and the love between Tadeusz Soplica (the title character) of one family, and Zosia of the other. Another sub-plot involves a spontaneous revolt of the local inhabitants against the occupying Russian garrison. Since Mickiewicz published his poem as an exile in Paris, he was free of the Russian censors to talk openly about the occupation.

This is the first major translation of this epic poem since the 1993 by one of the great translators of the Polish language Christopher Adam Zakrzewski

About the Author


Author - Adam Mickiewicz is one of the great literary figures of the 19th century.  His novel "Pan Tadeusz" is credited to set off the Romantic period of literature.  He was a great Polish Patriot who worked for an independent Poland in Europe.

Translator - Mr.  Zakrzewski is a literary translator, teacher, scholar, editor. Raised and educated in UK and Ontario, Canada. He pursued his Doctoral work in Russian and Polish literature at the University of British Columbia, including a year of research at the University of Warsaw on a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship. Since 2001, he has been teaching at Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. He is currently translating Bronislaw Wildstein’s novel, Time Continuous (Czas niedokonany). He was awarded the Sarmatian Review Literary Prize in 2010, for his “significant and disinterested contribution to Polish culture.” He and his wife Wendy live in Wilno, Ontario. They have five children and nine grandchildren.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781945430916
ISBN-10: 1945430915
Publisher: Zmok Books
Publication Date: June 18th, 2019
Pages: 275
Language: English