Polish literature, although not as well known as its German and Russian cousins, is one of the gems of European culture. This list covers a very wide range of genres and eras, but any of these books will help you love Poland a little more.
Translator of Polish literature Ursula Phillips speaks on her life-long fascination with Polish feminist writer Zofia Nałkowska, the differences between Polish and Russian literature, and those terribly difficult Polish names. And what a translator can actually do about them.
A short history of some of the heroines who fought against “women being sacrificed to the mercy of pots and brooms". Their story comes with a sad moral: many of their demands are still not being met today.
Can you tell your Szymborska from your Sienkiewicz? Do you think you're well-versed (pun totally intended) in your romantics and your modernists? Take our Polish literature quiz to really test your knowledge.
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.