Kochanowski’s poems were the pinnacle of Polish culture under the Jagiellonian dynasty.
Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz’s historical essay The Hangings sparked a heated debate in Poland. It is the story of an 1794 anti-Russian uprising by the people of Warsaw and their execution of traitors.
The Books of Jacob (2014) is a historical novel by the Nobel-prize winning writer Olga Tokarczuk.
The Promised Land (1899) is a novel by Władysław Stanisław Reymont, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the tale of the creation and collapse of a factory built by three young friends in Łódź, home to one of the largest textile industries in Europe at the time.
In An Ancient Tale (1876) Kraszewski pens a literary depiction of the formation, in the ninth century, of the Polish state on lands inhabited by Slavic tribes.
In the Field (1937) is one of the greatest war novels written in Polish. It is the tragic story of an infantry company fighting against the Bolsheviks in 1920.
In the Reborn Kingdom series of novels, Elżbieta Cherezińska paints an evocative picture of medieval Poland under Piast rule.
In his Nobel-prize winning novel The Deluge, Henryk Sienkiewicz tells an adventurous tale of the repelled Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1655–1660.
Forefathers’ Eve, Part III (1832) is a play by Poland’s pre-eminent Romantic writer, Adam Mickiewicz. Originally published in Paris, the drama tells the story of the struggle waged by Polish youth against the Russian Empire and its cruel oppression.
Maria Dąbrowska’s saga Night and Days (1932–1934) portrays the story of the Niechcic family at the turn of the twentieth century.
The novel The Coming Spring (1925) paints a literary picture of the first years of Polish independence, seen through the eyes of Cezary Baryka, a young man born in Russia who arrives in his parents’ homeland around 1920.
The protagonists of the novel contend with the persistent legacy of Poland’s communist past while posing questions about the future form of the Polish state
Both books convey the atmosphere of the Solidarity era
Collection of homilies delivered in 1976 by Karol Wojtyła
Saga about the tragic fate of rural Poland during World War II and under Communist rule
Miłosz explains how intellectuals succumb to Marxism
Both books depict the struggles of Poles at home and abroad during World War II
Shocking testimonies to what Poles endured following the outbreak of World War II
Record of the spiritual experiences of the Catholic saint Faustyna Kowalska
Literary panorama of Poland between the two world wars
Poetry that confronts universal doubt and helplessness
Passion and violence are bubbling beneath the seemingly calm surface of everyday life
This is a masterfully constructed detective story from which it is hard to tear oneself away
The secrets of metamorphosis
A highly artistic study of death encapsulated in moving stories set in the Beskid Mountains region
A debut that happens once in a decade
What, really, is life? Where does it lead?
What is the goal of this pilgrimage of meaning?
A poetic language, full of metaphors and allusions to the outstanding movements of the twentieth-century avantgarde
War prose by one of the most outstanding Polish writers of the 20th century
Every room hides a secret
The first full biography of Antoni Patek
An excellent analysis of mental illness along with its obsessions
Politics and passion in a new book by a brilliant intellectual
Critics have placed The Road to Nowhere together with novels concerned with the totalitarian experience, such as those by Orwell or Solzhenitsyn
Great predecessor of the post-war school of Polish reportage
Decrypting the master
The ecosystem of which humans are also a part is hugely valuable to us, but requires care too
In this book, comedy and narratorial gusto are frequently combined with terror or border on despair
A story that poses the question of what it means to be rooted
The Chronicler of a Vanishing World
The bizarre link between enslavement and expansion, the obverse and reverse of the same Russian coin
This is an inspiring and invigorating read, something like a breath of fresh air in a musty enclosure
A voice in the discussion on the topic of the identity of the old continent
We are all responsible for the shared space: of the world, society, state
A poetry of struggle with multiple darknesses
Armed with knowledge and empathy, Wencel guides us through the labyrinth of Lechoń’s life and work
A novel full of dynamic events and plot twists
A family story intended to be touching, entertaining and sometimes gently affecting
A journey through the land known as Al-Andalus, the Spain of Islam, but also of Judaism and Christianity
A breathtaking story inspired by Japanese culture and one of the most beloved Polish classics – The Doll by Bolesław Prus
A story about the fundamental unknowability of the world and of other people
A story about the bridges that connect the recollection of past events with the perception of current experience
A precisely constructed plot linked not so much by crime as by
This tale of space conquest brims with dramatic events and stunning reversals
Rudzka depicts the masculine soul with an empathy that’s both affectionate and merciless all at once
A story rooted in cabbalistic tales and sacred scriptures that belong to the Judaic canon
A protagonist who has just lost his job and a close friend – in a search of a new beginning
Here are twelve short stories, where ostensibly opposing elements find a space in common.
Although time is merciless, some survivors still live in the enclaves of their memories
A fascinating journey in time: from antiquity to the 21st century
An interesting, richly illustrated tale of designs made in Poland
Illustrating poems about a disobedient girl, Trust lets his imagination run wild
Literary reportage about preparing for death and attempts at planning it
Moving portraits of modern-day Poles, told through five short stories, which reveal the intricacies and complications within people’s lives: the story of the single mother left with two children; the multiplicity of voices of mourners at a funeral, where death is depicted as an experience that unites people.
A form of near-future science fiction, these six futuristic parables concern individuals who define themselves through the prism of technology.
A fascinating tale of Nowa Huta and its inhabitants
War prose by one of the most outstanding Polish writers of the 20th century
Melonowska’s philosophical work is marked by a relentless nonconformity
Avant-garde discourse combined with classical order and lyricism
The inhabitants of Europe support “European values,” yet they each understand this notion in their own way
This collection consists of 62 concise, yet highly-reflective short stories. In these empathetic prose miniatures, Elżbieta Isakiewicz has created tales and images with the precision of a journalist-reporter.
Returning to some difficult and painful moments in Polish history, Liskowacki’s prose has been symbolically divided into the four seasons that here represent four stages: stormy events taken from real episodes in Polish history.
Kass is a clever poet; he knows the paths to lead the reader down to interesting places
Exposing mechanisms that sentence individuals to isolation, loneliness, insanity or even damnation
Reflections on solidarity – understood both as a universal experience and as the Polish social movement
A masterful work on the upiórs – the primeval Slavic vampires who have haunted Polish literature and history for centuries
Full-blooded novel with a generous helping of 20th-century history of Silesia
The master psychological thriller writer Wojciech Chmielarz
Splinter is the third novel in one of Polish readers’ favourite crime series
Zygmunt Miłoszewski is probably the most popular Polish crime writer internationally: his books have been published in 20 languages
Krajewski’s books have been translated into 20 languages. A TV series based on his work is being developed by Netflix and TVP
Subtle, linguistically refined poetry links various cultural traditions
A new book by one of the most promising Polish writers of the younger generation
Scrupulously realistic portrait of Warsaw beyond the tourist hot-spots
A comprehensive study of Poland’s ceramics design renaissance in the 1950s and ‘60s
Tyrmand emerges as the spirit of freedom
A masterful graphic novel adapted from Stanisław Lem
A biography written with the dogged inquisitiveness of a detective
The biblical history of salvation is the fundamental perspective of Szymik’s poetry
Bawołek’s beautiful way with language is a delight
What would the world look like if Poland had not won that war?
Fiedorczuk touches the agony of war, destruction, poverty, the concealment of identity, and the loss of sanity
A breath of fresh air in a genre that so easily slips into cliché
Gwizdalanka sets the history of Polish music against political and social backgrounds
Everyone has to eat, including dictators
Sehn was the first investigator to create a precise description of how Auschwitz operated
A novel with an astounding richness of imagination about the future of humanity
A richly illustrated story about unknown pages of Catholic Church history
An innovative narrative approach to the stories of prisoners in a Nazi German concentration camp
A farewell credo and artistic crowning of Strumiłło’s prolific oeuvre
An important voice, above all, in the context of Biopolitics and Transhumanism
A husband, a wife and the stigma of infertility
A portrait of a generation living off loans and “junk” contracts, house moves and emigration
The author creates polysemic images with few words
The author explores the limits of love and devotion, duty and morality
The “nonjoy” of the title does not overwhelm us with hopelessness but encourages us to take heart
A hero full of inner conflict: a gentleman and an arrogant snob
There’s no motive, no fingerprints, only an elaborately prepared crime scene
The fascinating story of an individual tangled in history
Zajączkowska combines the wisdom of a poet and a researcher
Contemporary disputes placed in a broad historiosophical context
An account of the chaotic and uncertain structure of reality
Multidimensional, lyrical and funny novel narrated by a dog
Klimko-Dobrzaniecki has created a story about ordinary life, set against the background of unfolding world history
Małecki constructs a convincing narrative about the realities of soldiering and life after deployment
About a religious ‘miracle’ in Communist Poland
Vivid and powerful picture of the communist regime in Albania – by an acclaimed young reportage writer who gives a voice to the ones who had been denied their own
Stories full of suppressed emotion, about people who find themselves beyond the main current of contemporary life
A European intellectual on the road through America, dealing with the midlife crisis. Debut novel by an acclaimed playwright and poet
Inhabitants of a block of flats are unable to adapt themselves to the swift pace of economic transformation
A talented and depraved wins (and easily squanders) a fortune at cards, while mingling in the most privileged circles
Liebert’s legacy reflects the dilemmas of a generation which was to create Poland anew
The early literary works of Pope John Paul II – a valuable testimony to the transformations occurring in him during this period of his life
Set in an alternate world where Spaniards never conquered the Americas
A succesful combination of social drama and psychological thriller adapted into a Canal+ TV series
Without Polish help, it would not have been possible for any of them to survive
The story of a shockingly beautiful and dangerous secret agent
Popiełuszko’s death suffered at the hands of Communist Security Service remains a mystery to this day
The life of an individual enmeshed in history
A splendidly received and widely commented debut of a young historian of ideas
This is the sixth volume of the series entitled ’As the fabled cranes’, dedicated to the life and works of the great Polish bard Adam Mickiewicz.
In Container, his most personal and perhaps most splendid book, Marek Bieńczyk arrives at literary perfection; both when he is writing about Canetti, Faulkner, and Camus, and when he mentions his loved ones by name — for the author has poured into his ‘container’ everything that is most dear to him.
Jacek Dukaj’s new book is an intellectual journey through the most fascinating issues of contemporary civilisation — unto its very sunset, and that of man as well.
Concrete mushrooms in the front yard, swans made out of tyres, knights and dinosaurs of nuts and bolts, religious notions and knick-knacks — what for some people is the nadir of bad taste and kitsch, constitutes for Olga Drenda fascinating material for a study on Polish ingenuity.
Szczerski’s book presents the art of the times of transformation; i.e., that created in the nations of East-Central Europe, from the Baltic to the Balkans, following the events of 1989.
Drawing from truly impressive wellsprings of erudition, Łuczewski delves into theory from several areas; for example, studies on mass memory, or mass social movements.
In his book, prominent scholar and writer Wojciech Roszkowski offers a deep accounting of our civilisation
A wonderful testament to the power and vitality of metaphysical poetry
Writing down irretrievably lost memories from childhood allows one to come to terms with loss
In a search for meaning in a world plagued by emptiness
Majewski is fascinated by the world of art, painting and symbols
Well-crafted social and historical anecdotes, amusing and disturbing at the same time, are imbued with metaphysical angst by one of the most promising young Polish authors
One of Poland’s greatest stories told in this medium
More than a catalogue and more than a biography or an academic study – much as Szukalski was more than an artist
A female, contemporary ‘sanatorium novel’ drawing on The Magic Mountain
Małecki doesn’t force the reader to get emotional while allowing for it
The reality Twardoch has created is a vortex of dark urges, a world full of violence and cruelty
In Helak’s novel, the Borderlands becomes an emanation of Polish identity
Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs passed Sting, Madonna and Nirvana in British and American music charts
A one of a kind meditation on the loss of loved ones
The fictional Rokitnica is a closed microcosm, to which strangers are not allowed
Wake-up call against uncritical trust in technology
Beneath the surface of everyday life
Micro-stories about a city inhaled like nicotine or a narcotic
An epic rooted in the intuition and rhythm of hip-hop
A new novel by the master of Polish prose
A picture of true closeness – that between women
A new book by one of the most acclaimed and popular Polish writers
The authors invited to contribute to Worlds Apart represent the Polish cream of the crop
Captivating short story collection that reads like a novel
A mismatched couple, connected by a shared fate, a blood bond, a pension
The story of unextinguished, belated desire
Members of the Polish resistance clash with Nazis in the noir style
Tomczyk draws from Polish history, but always bears in mind the problems of today
Poems that disrupt our sense of comfortable wellbeing
Are we drifting or navigating?
Poetry courageous in its directness, essential due to the gravity of its themes
How to build a marriage that lasts a lifetime
To understand the turnabout that has taken place in Poland, you must read Wildstein
Poles should go back to defining themselves along the North-South axis
Combining a detective’s temperament with a psychologist’s insight, Monika Piątkowska undertakes a meticulous investigation and creates a life-sized portrait of Bolesław Prus (1847-1912)
From archives, family documents, letters and diaries, Monika Śliwińska constructs a portrait of the little-known private life of Stanisław Wyspiański (1869-1907)
The main character of Bikont’s work, Irena Sendler, saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Second World War, and became a symbol of all those who had courage to oppose evil
To learn the truth about one of the greatest Polish musicians, whose Rosemary’s Baby lullaby was hummed by the whole world, Magdalena Grzebałkowska visits, among others, Scandinavia, Russia and the United States
This is the first Polish biography of Stanisław Lem, author of science-fiction novels and one of the most translated Polish writers
This is the first full biography of a writer whose life and work continues to fascinate each new generation
Andrzej Franaszek’s monumental biography of Zbigniew Herbert, one of the greatest Polish contemporary poets, is an engaging story about the fate and attitude of the artist.
A saint who walked in sandals and slept under the same roof as villains, drunks and whores
The story of the first woman to ascend K2
One of the most important Polish books on communism and Russia in recent years
Touching, original stories of five concentration camp survivors
By an eulogist of Ukraine, fascinated by the East
From heroism to betrayal – a passionate story about people in post-war Poland
Holewiński makes human sexuality the key to the epoch he describes