By Stan Witkiewicz
The Polish playwright and artist Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, referred to as Witkacy, is now well-known as Poland's major theatrical innovator of the interwar years and one of many remarkable artistic personalities of the ecu avant-garde. This quantity comprises of Witkacy's "tropical" performs encouraged through the playwright's journey to Ceylon and Australia in 1914 along with his shut pal, the anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski. Mr. cost, or Tropical insanity is a drama of heightened ardour and greed between British colonists in Rangoon who appear to have stepped out of Joseph Conrad's stories of the South Seas. Metaphysics of a headed Calf, set in New Guinea and Australia, pits savage eu imperialists opposed to a local tribal Australia and pits savage eu imperialists opposed to a local tribal chieftain whose fetish of a superb golden frog bargains better perception into the secret of life than the Westerners' shallow rationalism. either performs puncture the white rulers' poses of superiority and parody their photos of the tropical different. additionally integrated within the quantity are Witkacy's Foreword to Metaphysics of a Two-Headed Calf within which the playwright defends his idea of theatre as an self sufficient paintings with a scenic language of its personal and an appendix containing a documentary itinerary of Witkacy's trip to Ceylon.
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