A new anthology of short stories and essays celebrates Joseph Conrad on the 150th anniversary of his birth. What do these 21st-century versions of Conrad have to tell us about our world today?
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Europe (1929) is undoubtedly one of the Polish and international avant-garde’s most important works. It was a result of the cooperation between Anatol Stern, an avant-garde poet, and Mieczysław Szczuka, the leader of Polish constructivism. The cover was created by Teresa Żarnower after Szczuka's unexpected death in the Tatry Mountains. Read more »about: Europe – Anatol Stern, Mieczysław Szczuka & Teresa Żarnower
A Polish-German book inspired by a mysterious line from David Bowie’s song Warszawa brings together fictional stories inspired by Bowie’s Eastern European legend and succeeds in bringing the two cities even closer on the imaginary map of Europe.
Read more »about: Helibo Seyoman: A Tale of Two Cities
In the Warsaw district of Wola, on the corner of Żelazna Street and Chłodna Street, is the narrowest house in the world. The official opening of Keret House took place on 20th October 2012 in the eponymous writer’s presence. Read more »about: Keret House – Jakub Szczęsny
Available for the first time in English, this iconic work of Polish feminist fiction describes a transgressive love triangle in a provincial Poland choked by distinctions of class and gender.
Read more »about: Boundary – Zofia Nałkowska
After several years of silence, Mikołaj Łoziński wrote a book inspired by his family’s history. He reveals the secrets and fortunes of three generations: starting with World War II, going through the period of martial law in Communist Poland, ending with contemporary times.
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If the protagonist of this non-fiction book didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent her. The story of Lara, an inhabitant of a small village on the border of Chechnya and Georgia, explains the contemporary world with surprising clarity.
Read more »about: All Lara’s Wars — Wojciech Jagielski
‘For the strengthening of hearts’ – in those closing words of the third part of The Trilogy Sienkiewicz defines the idea that accompanied the whole historical cycle. At first, the reader gets to know Sir Michael – the first sabre of the First Commonwealth. Read more »about: Sir Michael – Henryk Sienkiewicz
‘Quo Vadis will rouse more attention than anything I have written hitherto’ claimed the writer in a letter to Jadwiga Janczewska in 1895. Nevertheless, even the author himself did not suspect that the novel will break all records of popularity and bring him a Nobel Prize in Literature. Read more »about: Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
As the first poem composed in Polish, Bogurodzica has a firm place in Polish cultural history. The hymn is an instance of the most archaic form of the Polish language and an example of medieval, religious ‘high art’ music. Read more »about: Bogurodzica
Lodgings is the first representative selection of Sosnowski's work available in English. Benjamin Paloff's translation of almost the entire poetic oeuvre of the hermetic Polish poet offers an unusual glimpse into a polyphonous, expansive, and chameleonic strain of Polish poetry Read more »about: Lodgings – Andrzej Sosnowski
This is the last novel of the Polish-English writer. Themerson says farewell to his readers, at the same time accepting defeat of his ethics of good manners. There is no hope for gentleness and decency in the world. Humanity is heading towards a catastrophy, and the best proof is what happened on the idyllic Hobson’s Island. Read more »about: Hobson's Island – Stefan Themerson
Originally published in 1970, Miron Białoszewski's Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising was in the making for quarter of a century. Now, for the first time, English-language readers can have a glimpse at the full uncensored version of a book that became the ultimate Polish testimony of the devastation wreaked by war . Read more »about: A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising - Miron Białoszewski
The ghetto of Łódź or the Litzmannstadt Ghetto was the longest functioning place of Jews’ confinement in Europe occupied by the Nazis (1664 days). Nation of Perdition, a graphic novel written by Maciej Świerkocki and drawn by Mariusz Sołtysik is another activity reminding of this (non)existent area. Read more »about: Nation of Perdition – Maciej Świerkocki, Mariusz Sołtysik
Before Wilczyk became one of the major figures in contemporary Polish photography, he belonged to a group of the most promising poets, the so-called “Brulion generation.” Kapitał w słowach i obrazach (Capital in Words and Images), published together with Krzysztof Jaworski, is the most mature and artistically interesting product of those times and that environment. Read more »about: Capital in Words and Images – Krzysztof Jaworski and Wojciech Wilczyk
East is not just a record of a journey across Russia, China, and Mongolia. It is a personal collection of the author's reflections on the condition of contemporary world and people whose identity was moulded by powerful historical forces rooted in the far East. Read more »about: East – Andrzej Stasiuk
Morphine (Morfina) is an audacious novel which is far from an easy demythologization of Polish national history. Szczepan Twardoch creates a universal portrait of a man who tries to free his own identity from his own mother, lovers, wife, and, lastly – History. Read more »about: Morphine – Szczepan Twardoch
Sztafeta (Relay) is not a typical photobook, but rather a richly illustrated reportage, documenting and glorifying the large industrial projects of the Second Polish Republic in the wake of the Second World War. Read more »about: Relay – Melchior Wańkowicz
For the 70th birthday of Adam Zagajewski, a5 Press prepared a bilingual Polish-English anthology of essays devoted to the works of the poet. Both light and shadow...The Work of Adam Zagajewski contains over twenty texts from authors of different ages and nationalities who are fascinated by the poems and the essays of the jubilarian. Read more »about: Both Light and Shadow... The Work of Adam Zagajewski
Тhe four most beautiful Polish necropoleis pictured by Adam Bujak. The famous photographer offers readers a tour of remarkable sculpture galleries at the Powązki cemetery in Warsaw, the Łyczaków cemetery in Lviv, the Rossa necropolis in Vilnius, and the Rakowicki cemetery in Kraków. Read more »about: Nekropolis - Adam Bujak
Tomasz Kizny’s album Gulag includes photographs from between the 1920s and the 1950s showing the work and daily life of labour camp prisoners, as well as contemporary images of camps and portraits of former prisoners. Read more »about: Gulag - Tomasz Kizny
The action in Jacek Dukaj’s novel takes place in an alternative reality, where World War I never broke out, it’s the year 1924, and the Polish Kingdom is still under the rule of the Tsar and in the Belle Epoque. Nominatef for a Nike Literary Award in 2008. Read more »about: Jacek Dukaj, Ice
This comic book tells the story of four soon-to-be-married country girls. According to a recipe from an old book, eating hare rennet on one’s wedding night guarantees the conception of a boy. That’s why the girls go to the woods to hunt a hare. Read more »about: Fertility - Gosia Herba, Mikołaj Pasiński
Dziady (Forefather’s Eve) – is a cycle of poetic dramas by Adam Mickiewicz, published between 1822 and 1860 and widely considered one of the greatest works of European Romanticism. Read more »about: Dziady - Adam Mickiewicz
Anya Lipska is a good foretaste of great Polish crime novels by Marek Krajewski, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, or Marcin Wroński – they have already been translated into English and are only waiting to be appreciated by the English-speaking critics. Read more »about: Where the Devil Can't Go - Anya Lipska