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Cover of All Lara's Wars by Wojciech Jagielski

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.

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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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Svetlana Alexievich. Photo: Andrzej Sidor / Forum

"I discovered the world through people like Hanna Krall and Ryszard Kapuściński," said Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature, at a press conference in Mińsk.

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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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Małgorzata Rejmer, photo: Sławomir Klimkowski

Małgorzata Rejmer, born September 8th, 1985, is a novelist and reporter. She is the author of Toksymia and Bucharest. Dust and Blood. In 2013, she was nominated for Polityka's Passports Award.

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Filip Springer, photo courtesy of Filip Springer

A reporter skilled in conveying the gist of the Polish landscape, writing of the city that never was, of buildings that have long stood in spite of the general public's disdain...

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Artur Domosławski, meeting with the author at University Library in Warsaw in 2010

Book cover, courtesy of Verso   Award-winning Polish journalist Artur Domosławski paints an incisive, albeit biting, portrait of one of the world's greatest reporters, shedding light on the Kapuściński and laying bare his flaws as both a writer and a human being

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The Polish reportage writer's new book is a South African tale set at the end of apartheid. The whole country is changing, as the system of racial segregation is slowly being left behind. Yet in one town a very determined man attempts to preserve the old order.

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Wojciech Jagielski, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

Wojciech Jagielski, one of the leading figures of the creative non-fiction genre, presents The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army.

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Wojciech Jagielski, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

Wojciech Jagielski, one of the leading figures of the creative non-fiction genre, presents The Night Wanderers: Uganda's Children and the Lord's Resistance Army in New York and Washington, DC

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Okładka (nid 5668288)

The fist laureate of the Ryszard Kapuściński Award is Jean Hatzfeld for his "La stratégie des antilopes".

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Okładka (nid 5536637)

A Public Conversation on the ins and outs of long-form and literary journalism with: Breyten Breytenbach, Adrian LeBlanc, Lawrence Weschler, Suketu Mehta, Elizabeth Rubin, Wojciech Jagielski, and others...

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Praying for Rain - Wojciech Jagielski

Praying for Rain is a chronicle of the birth and demise of Afghan regimes. It is a story of fratricidal wars, a galaxy of commandants, warlords, hallowed mullahs and bold warriors.

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