25 September 2012 Dorota Masłowska's new novel out in October!
Kochanie zabiłam nasze koty is the long-awaited new novel by Dorota Masłowska. The book will be available in bookstores from the 17th October 2012. Hectolitres of tea and coffee. Kilograms of chocolate. Hundreds of bitten nails One destroyed laptop. These are the actual statistics behind Masłowska's new novel. In the end – she made it. There it is. – reads the novel’s webpage. Let us recall that Dorota Masłowska will be a guest of this year's edition of the Conrad Festival.
As is often the case with novels, Kochanie, zabiłam nasze koty, is the outcome of my concern with the human fate and a variety of personal torments – comments Masłowska – Its ingredients include my weariness of radioactive cities and my weariness of my own radioactive self – she explains further. Also, my enthrallment with the sea, which seems to find a perfect, carefree balance between immensity and sewage. And last but not least, my never-ending curiosity about the spiritual condition of the modern man. A free man living outside such anachronistic, moth-infested categories as spirituality, religion, politics and history. A man stripped of language, a man whose mother tongue is the Google Translator. So I hope you will like my new book. And that it will make your day.
Dorota Masłowska – prose writer and dramatist. Her debut novel, Wojna polsko-ruska od flagą biało-czerwoną (2001), published on the eve of her secondary school graduation, stirred a sea of controversy. The novel came out in an off-stream publishing house, Lampa i Iskra Boża, owned by Paweł Dunin-Wąsowicz, a well-known promoter of alternative literature. The book's commercial success (over 120 thousand sold copies, numerous translations) became a springboard to development for the small publishing house. The scandalising Poland’s first chav novel contributed to a generational change on the Polish literary scene and the rise of a characteristic colloquial, collage aesthetics. Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało czerwoną received the Polityka's Passport award. It also earned Masłowska a nomination to the Nike Literary Award (2004) and won the people's choice award. The next novel, Paw królowej, won the Nike award in 2006. Masłowska has also penned two dramas: Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku (2006) and Między nami dobrze jest (2008), written in a style similar to her earlier novels. Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną was put to screen in 2009 by Xawery Żuławski. The 17th of October will see the publication of Masłowska’s new novel, Kochanie, zabiłam nasze koty. By the author's own admission, it's an attempt to escape strictly Polish themes.