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The Criminal and the Girl –  Michał Witkowski

You could venture to say that no one wrote about dead, rotting bodies and postmortem lividity with such empathy as Witkowski.

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The celebrations for the 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland provide the chance for a wider presentation of Polish literature in Istanbul’s biggest literature festival. Readers will have a chance to meet novelists Andrzej Bart, Wojciech Kuczok, Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Joanna Olech, and Adam Pękalski.

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Tytus Czyżewski, Portrait of Bruno Jasieński, 1920, oil, canvas, photo: courtesy of the Museum of Art in Łódź, Kultura headquarters in Maisons-Laffitte near Paris, photo by: Wojciech Łaski / East News, Józef Oleszkiewicz, Portrait of Adam Mickiewicz, 1828, donation of Władysław Mickiewicz, photo source: National Museum in Cracow

In order to guide English-speakers towards the Polish authors best suited for their specific tastes, Culture.pl has put together an exclusive guide offering historical context and tailor-made recommendations.

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Okładka (nid 6989222)

"RIP Nordic crime, here come the Poles!" As crime writing experiences its renaissance across Europe, the genre, long exinct in Poland, now finds its fruitful inspiration in the country’s tumultuous history, both old and new.

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Run by editor Tasja Dorkofikis and translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones, the series takes up writings from Bator, Kuczok, Chutnik and Witkowski, organised by & Other Stories, the London publishing house of contemporary literature

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Okładka (nid 6360201)

Two Polish writers of the young generation, Dorota Masłowska and Witkowski meet up with German students from the Postdam University as part of the Polonischer Salon series. The discussion's title is Polnische (nich)alltägliche Plattenbauliteratur and it is organised in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Berlin

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Michał Witkowski - Fototapeta

A collection of short stories. [...] the writer is interested in the unreal daydreams, kitschy dreams, deceptive notions which we are fed by mass culture. It is all these tacky bits of that culture, floating in our subconscious, that Witkowski calls "photo wallpaper". Nomination for the 2007 Nike Literary Award...

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Michał Witkowski - Copyright

Michał Witkowski's debut volume of short stories tells of the youthful illusions of a young man from the European provinces, which are awakened by the glittering world of consumerism...

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