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The most famous Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuściński, photo: Aleksander Jałosinski / Forum

Poland has a long tradition of non-fiction writing referred to as reportage or, as it is also called, literary reportage. Here’s our list of the best Polish non-fiction books translated into English (plus one which is not yet translated but, we think, it should be).

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Reportage is nothing short of holy in the Polish world of the written word. But for some it is even more than that. Julianna Jonek, editor-in-chief of a new publishing devoted to reportage, discusses Hanna Krall's upcoming book and explains why the genre has gained so much significance in Polish society.

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Polish non-fiction writing, made famous by Kapuściński, among others, is often considered a national speciality, along with pickled cucumbers and kiełbasa. But what is so special about this literary dish? Where does it come from and how does one actually eat it?

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Book Cover "100/XX Anthology  of Polish Reporting of the 20th century"

Perhaps the most important literary event of 2014? The fans of Polish reportage have their long awaited "Bible", a work which shows that writing and reading between the lines is a Polish specialty.

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