(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/22; via Pam Green.)
Janusz Glowacki, a Polish playwright, novelist and screenwriter who mined the ferment of Communism and its collapse in his country to create darkly humorous works about totalitarianism and the émigré experience, died on Saturday while vacationing in Egypt. He was 78.
The exact cause was unclear, but his daughter, Zuza Glowacka, said he had experienced shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Mr. Glowacki was already a well-regarded writer — his credits included the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda’s 1969 film “Hunting Flies” — when he traveled to London in December 1981 for a production of his play “Cinders” at the Royal Court Theater. While he was there, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s Communist leader, cracked down on the country’s budding Solidarity trade union movement and declared martial law.