Weronika Murekknown for her debut, "The Cultivation of Southern Plants Using the Michurin Method"
(born 1989) – writer, author of short stories and plays. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia. For her book Uprawa roślin południowych metodą Miczurina, she was nominated for the 2015 Polityka Passports in the literature category, and for the 2015 Nike Literary Award and the Gdynia Literary Award. In 2016, she was awarded the Witold Gombrowicz Literary Award for the book. Her theatrical work was also appreciated quite early on. In 2015, she won the Gdynia Drama Award for her play Feinweinblein. She lives in Katowice.
Fot. © Anna Mika
Nominated for The Conrad Award
Murek has created a novel in which everything is possible. The macabre, oneiric world into which she invites the reader fascinates and deceives from the very first pages. Among the characters teetering between life and death, reality and dream, we find, among others, a cosmonaut, the late General Sikorski, and a hard-of-hearing Mary knitting socks for Jesus. In the poetic prose tinged with folklore, nothing matches, yet everything fits together in a perfect whole. “I’m bored with transcribing the world, the precise, draughtsman-like tracing of its contours. My hand always itches terribly with the temptation to add something new to reality, some extra element here or there”, Murek says.