Manuela Gretkowska

Manuela Gretkowska

Polish prose writer, translator, scriptwriter, social activist, founder of the Polish Women’s Party. Graduate of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 1988, she left for France where she graduated in anthropology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Returned to Poland in the early 1990s, debuting with My zdies' emigranty (1991), in which she ironically described the experiences of the young people leaving Poland. She subsequently published the novels Tarot Paryski (1993), Kabaret metafizyczny (1994) and Podręcznik do ludzi (1996), as well as a collection of short stories, Namiętnik (1998). She also wrote the script for the film Szamanka by Andrzej Żuławski and co-authored the script for the TV series Miasteczko. In 1998, she published a volume of impressions from her trip around the world, Światowidz, and in 2000 – a collection of columns and interviews Silikon. Her personal diary, Polka, published in 2001, was nominated for the NIKE 2002 award. In 2003, together with her husband Piotr Pietrucha, she published a prose volume, Sceny z życia pozamałżeńskiego. Her books have been translated into Hungarian, Russian, German, Spanish and Finnish. In 2011, she published her latest book, Trans – a contemporary novel of manners about a young female emigrant in Paris, who having split with her husband, meets the famous director Laski, long living and working in France.