Charles Kraszewski


Poet, translator, literary critic.

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Adam Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve, Passages
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,300. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
With the publication of Forefathers’ Eve, Passages [Ustęp], Charles S. Kraszewski brings the entirety of his new English translation of Mickiewicz’s greatest work to a conclusion. Composed in rhyming couplets that bring Lord Byron to mind, Passages takes up the story of Mickiewicz’s hero Konrad as he and the other Polish youths are transported into penal banishment in the interior of Russia.
Adam Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve, Part I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
With the publication of Part I of Adam Mickiewicz’s Forefathers’ Eve, Charles S. Kraszewski brings his translation of the complete dramatic cycle to a completion.Begun in the 1820s, Part I is a well crafted first, introductory movement to the entirety of Forefathers’ Eve. Persons and themes and even verbal refrains are introduced here, to be developed and expanded upon in the other three parts.
Adam Mickiewicz's Forefather's Eve, Part IV
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2015. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
Part IV of Adam Mickiewicz's monumental drama Dziady [Forefather's Eve] continues the saga of Gustaw: a young man tragically separated from his love. Although ostensibly a Wertherian apology for romantic love, in an age when financial concerns and social status often determined who marries whom, Part IV is actually a metaphysical discussion of Christian love for one's neighbors, living and dead.
Diet of Nails
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,060. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Fifty two of Charles S. Kraszewski's poems, including the cycles "Water," "Bayview Cypress Retirement Village" and "Of Beggars and Angels."
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Kraszewski's cycle Beast explores the familar, yet now vanished culture of the ethnic enclaves of the 1960s Northeast. The haunting, incantatory rhythms of poems such as "Loveland Pass" and "Here is no god but Mammon," are redolent of Kerouac's Book of Sketches and Big Sur at their hypnotic best. Charles S. Kraszewski is 2013 laureate of the Union of Polish Writers Abroad (London).
Pseudonia. A Comedy. A Tragedy.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,420. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Imagine a country where identity theft, or exchange, is not only legal, but the main industry of the nation. Welcome to Pseudonia. But would you give up your most intimate possession: your identity, for six months, if it gave you the chance to make millions? Kraszewski's Pseudonia confronts us with the question: Does every person have a price? What profits it to gain a world, but lose one's soul?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,260. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
The war of the Seven Against Thebes is ended, and after the fierce civil strife, the city needs a strong ruler. Or so thinks Creon, the regent, who decrees that no one should bury the body of the renegade, his nephew, as a warning to traitors. But can a man make laws not in accord with justice? In this retelling of Antigone, the question is posed from a new angle: the slow sister, Ismene.
Adam Mickiewicz's Forefathers' Eve, Parts II and III. A New English Translation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union, Plays » Religious & Liturgical
Gustaw, a love-suicide, is called forth from the grave during the semi-pagan celebration of Forefathers' Eve to confront his faithless lover. Later, his selfish romantic love is turned outward, toward his suffering nation, as he takes on a new persona: the Messianic Konrad. Adam Mickiewicz's Dziady, the greatest expression of Polish literature, is presented here in a new English translation.
Zygmunt Krasiński: The Undivine Comedy. A New English Translation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,180. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Plays » European / French, Plays » Russian & Former Soviet Union
Count Henryk is a Byronic poet. So devoted is he to ideal beauty, that he neglects his very real wife and son, and is led near his own death by Poetry Incarnate, who is nothing more than the diabolically reanimated corpse of a whore. From poetry, Henryk moves on to politics; the Undivine Comedy predates Marx by decades in its prophecy of coming class warfare, which nothing can solve but charity.
Iphigenia at Zagreb
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Only two weeks remain before the Croatian premiere of Aischylos' Iphigenia. During a break, a discussion flares among the actors dealing with questions raised by the play, such as destiny, free will, sacrifice and the common good. The discussion develops into an argument, and then a dramatic consideration in its own right of human exploitation, the rights of women and human suffering.
The Archives at Kanonicza 5
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Audience-participation drama. A group of people gather at the archives of a famous, lately deceased avant-garde dramatist. What will happen when the Maestro, inexplicably, "comes back?" The actors and the audience are faced with a decision -- whether to accept, or reject, this blatant violence done to reason -- and much more is riding on their decision than they perhaps know.

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