Magdalena Parys

a writer and a journalist
Magdalena Parys

a writer and a journalist. She was born in Gdańsk; as a child, she emigrated to West Berlin with her family. She obtained a degree in Polish philology and pedagogy at the Humboldt University in Berlin. For a couple of years, she did research in the field of comparative studies, but she abandoned this occupation in favour of writing. A promoter of German literature on the Polish market, the author of numerous interviews, the ambassador of the "save a book” campaign organised by the Polish Chamber of Books, the founder of the Polish-German literary magazine Squaws.

Her frequently reissued debut novel Tunnel (2011) won the Golden Owl award in Vienna and was nominated for the most important awards in Poland. She won this year’s EU Prize for Literature for her novel Magik (2014), which combines the conventions of the novel of manners and the sensational story. It is the first part of the Berlin trilogy, which has been present on the list of best-selling books in Polish since its publication. Her prose is dominated entirely by the letter "p" – politics, Poland and the duo of Polish investigators in Berlin: the journalist Dagmara Bosch and the commissioner Thomas Kowalski. Many translations of this novel and further parts of the Berlin trilogy are under preparation. Apart from that, the Znak publishing house will release Parys' new novel Rika next year.