9 October 2013 Szczepan Twardoch’s novel comes out on Thursday
Szczepan Twardoch’s book, Wieczny Grunwald. Powieść zza końca czasów premieres tomorrow (Thursday, the 10th of October). “It is a dark story, bloody and muddy, in which the author crushes the stereotypes of the ethos of chivalry and the Romantic Wallenrodism. A novel for adults only” – reads a note on the website of Wydawnictwo Literackie.
Everything begins with King Kazimierz raping a fourteen-year-old daughter of a Nuremberg merchant. When the King’s bastard is born, his father is already dead. Paszko lives in a brothel, where his mother ended up. When she also dies, the boy’s entire wealth is a small knife that is already dirty with blood and a scarf with the royal “K” – the only symbol of his origin. He sets off on a journey that will lead him to the fields of Grunwald. And all that in order to find out who he is: “the king’s bastard" or “a whore’s son”? A knight or a murderer? A Pole or a German? A wretched individual or just a common toy in the hands of history?
Leading his character through consecutive time spaces, alternative incarnations, and different realities, Twardoch presents his own version of the Polish-German antagonisms. Wieczny Grunwald is a dark story, bloody and muddy, in which the author crushes the stereotypes of the ethos of chivalry and the Romantic Wallenrodism. A giant step on the path to the success of Morfina – awarded with Polityka’s Passport and the Readers’ Nike, nominated for the Gdynia Literary Award and Gwarancje Kultury.