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Balladyna: Tragödie in V. Aufzügen

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Dramat Słowackiego to opowieść o żądzy władzy i niepohamowanych ambicjach, które popychają do najokrutniejszych postępków, to historia wielkiej namiętności i nieoczekiwanej zdrady.
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Jan 07, 2013 Stefan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Except for a portion of Act 2, most of this Polish classic is a confused mess. The psychology is not subtle in the extreme. The malevolent heroine is an embodiment of evil whose actions (especially after Act 2)make no sense except as doing whatever could be most despicable in any situation. She is a kind of murder is fun character.OK, it is meant as a kind of fairy tale, but it is not really a very cogent one.Why did Slowacki write this play? Is it perhaps a parody of romantic drama? (The epilog ...more
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Apr 05, 2012 Chris Gould rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lady who would do anything to get the crown, and gets struck down by lightning as punishment for her crimes, especially for the sheer neglect of her mother. It's the classic story of how she, as the second born, must wait her turn to get married while her mother finds a husband for her older sister. But, of course, the knight in arms turns out to love Balladyna. After negotiation with the mother, the two sisters are challenged to go into the woods. The first one to fill her jug full of fruit ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It can be compared to William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The want of power, passion and murder. It would be good if I didn't have to read it at school and then answer stupid question about it.
it wasn't that great... I was expecting something more powerful from this author, but I sadly didn't get that feeling I wanted
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Juliusz Słowacki ['juljuʂ swɔ'vatski] (4 September 1809 in Kremenets, Volhynia, Russian Empire now in Ukraine – 3 April 1849 in Paris) was a noted Polish Romantic poet, considered to be one of the "Three Bards" of Polish literature. His works often feature elements of Slavic pagan traditions, mysticism, and Orientalism.

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