Tomasz Wiśniewski

writer, literary critic
Tomasz Wiśniewski

(born in 1987) – writer and literary critic, studied philosophy, cultural studies and classical philology. For a short time, he was a PhD student at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, wherer he studied the history of esoterism. He collaborated with Kultura Liberalna and Culture.pl, he also works as editor of the Przekrój quarterly. In 2015 he made his debut with a collection of short stories O pochodzeniu łajdaków, which was nominated for the Conrad Award, the Witold Gombrowicz Literary Prize and the Juliusz Upper Silesian Literary Prize. A year later, he released another volume titled Wstrząsająco przystojny mężczyzna.

Nominated for The Conrad Award

O pochodzeniu łajdaków, czyli opowieści z metra [On the Origin of Scoundrels, or Stories from the Metro]

The best models of literary surrealism mingled with a touch of Zen. A style, recalling the spirit of Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges and the achievements of the OuLiPo group, thanks to which the reality of a certain large city in contemporary Poland comes alive, full of the grotesque and absurd. Literary miniatures, full of good humour and irony, with surprising finales. Winner of the Special Award in the Promotorzy Debiutów competition organised by the Book Institute and the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation as part of the UNESCO Krakow City of Literature Debut Support Programme.