Olga Tokarczuk

writer, poet, essayist
Olga Tokarczuk

(born 1962) – writer, essayist, screenwriter, poet, psychologist. Author of novels, including Podróż ludzi Księgi (1993), E. E. (1995), Prawiek i inne czasy (Primeval and Other Times,1996), Dom dzienny, dom nocny (House of Day, House of Night) (1998), Ostatnie historie (2004), Anna In w grobowcach świata (2006), Bieguni (Flights) (2007), Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych (Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead) (2009), Księgi Jakubowe (Books of Jacob) (2014), short story collections Szafa (1998), Gra na wielu bębenkach (2001), Opowiadania bizarne (2018), as well as the Lalka i perła (2000) essay, devoted to Bolesław Prus’ Lalka, a collection of articles titled Moment niedźwiedzia (2012) and a children’s book Zgubiona dusza (2018). Winner of many awards, including the Kościelski Award (1997), Polityka Passport Award (1997), the Silesian Cultural Award (2003), the Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize of Partner Cities Toruń and Göttingen (2003), the Uznam Literary Award (2012), the Vilenica Prize (2013) and the International Bridge Prize (Brückepreis) Europa – City of Zgorzelec/Görlitz (2015). She has been nominated five times for the Nike Literary Award, which she received twice: in 2008 for her novel Bieguni, and in 2015 for Księgi Jakubowe. She received the prestigious Brücke Berlin-Preis (2002) for her Dom dzienny, dom nocny novel and was also nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2004). She received a distinction of the Bologna Ragazzi Award (2018) for Zagubiona dusza (together with Joanna Concejo). Her books have been translated into many languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech, Ukrainian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese and Hindi. Some of the works have been adapted for the stage (including Prawiek i inne czasy, twice, directed by S. Majewski and P. Tomaszuk, E.E., a performance of the Television Theatre, directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Księgi Jakubowe was also adapted as a play by the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, directed by Ewelina Marciniak), as well as film adaptations (Żurek, directed by R. Brylski, Ariadna na Naksos / Aria Diva, directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska). In 2016, based on the writer’s script based on the book Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead, a film directed by Agnieszka Holland, Spoor was made, which won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017. In 2018, the English translation of Bieguni (Flights in Jennifer Croft’s translation) was published, for which she received the Man Booker International Prize.