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Olga Tokarczuk at Pol'and'Rock

2019-05-22 16:26:02

 

Olga Tokarczuk is a Polish novelist, essayist, activist, and one of the most respected intellectuals in the country. She has been nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012 and won the Man Booker Prize in 2018. She has won many Polish literary awards, such as the Polish Publisher's Association Award and Kościelski Award and reader's choice Nike Literary Award. 

She is one of the most acclaimed contemporary novelists as well as one of the most translated Polish writers. Tokarczuk began her literary career in 1993 when her debut novel was very well received by critics and readers alike. She established herself as one of the key figures of contemporary Polish literature. Her fascination for the mystery, with the magic, and the supernatural elements is evident in her second novel E.E. Her post-modern style, which is both enigmatic and skillfully juggles different genres and plots is evident in her internationally celebrated work, Flights. In 2018, the novel, which has been translated by Jennifer Croft, won the most important literary award for international fiction in Britain - the Man Booker Prize. The chair of the judging panel, Lisa Appignanesi, described Tokarczuk as a "writer of wonderful wit, imagination, and literary panache"

Lisa Appignanesi, the Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, said of the novel: "we loved the voice of the narrative – it’s one that moves from wit and gleeful mischief to real emotional texture and has the ability to create character very quickly, with interesting digression and speculation."

This novel is a text about the phenomenon of travel and Tokarczuk draws on her psychological training for a detailed study of the psychology of travel.

The big screen adaptation of Drive Your Plough Through the Bones of the Dead, which was released in 2009, won Berlin's prestigious Silver Bear award. 

 

Olga Tokarczuk

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