Born in 1960. Journalist of “Gazeta Wyborcza”. A witness of the most important political events at the break of the century around the whole world. He related the downfall of the Russian empire, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the connection of Hongkong with China, wars, coups, downfalls of dictators in Africa and Asia. The author of books on the Caucuses (A good place for dying, 1994; completed edition W.A.B. 2005), about Chechnya (Stone towers, W. A. B. 2004, expanded version 2008; international award “Literature from the front” 2007 granted by the city Cassino in Italy), about Afghanistan (Prayer for rain, W. A. B. 2002; nominated for the NIKE Award 2003, received the Fr Józef Tischner Award, the Readers’ Award in the competition Podporiusz 2003 and the Amber Butterfly in the Arkady Fiedler Competition), as well as about Uganda (Night-time wanderers, W. A. B., 2009). His books are translated into Italian, Spanish, English, Dutch.