Google doodle honours 185th anniversary of Adam Mickiewicz’s epic Pan Tadeusz
In recognition of Adam Mickiewicz’s epic poem Pan Tadeusz first published 185 years ago today, Google has designed a special graphic.
Considered one of the most important works of European literature, the poem which was published on June 28th, 1834, is set in Poland at a time when it was erased from the map after being carved up by Russia, Austria and Prussia.
Taking place over the course of five days and originally called Pan Tadeusz: The last Foray in Lithuania, the poem tells the story of two rival families and the love between the title character, Tadeusz Soplica, from one family, and Zosia from the other.
A spontaneous rebellion against the local Russian garrison leads to an alliance between the two families who share the hope of rebuilding a united Poland.
The Google doodle depicts scenes and characters from the poem which consists of 12 books.
Living in exile in Paris and being beyond the reach of Russian censorship, Mickiewicz was able to write openly about the occupation.
‘Pan Tadeusz’ is a permanent item on the Polish list of must-reads and has been translated in to 33 languages with adaptations appearing in both film and on television. obligatory readings.
Since 1999, the original manuscript has been held in the collection of the National Ossolińskich Institute in Warsaw, and in 2014, it was entered onto UNESCO’s Memory of the World list.