Żanna Słoniowska

journalist and translator
Żanna Słoniowska

(1978) – Ukrainian with Polish roots, living in Krakow for many years. Journalist and translator. Expert on the history of Lviv, author of the album Przedwojenny Lwów. Najpiękniejsze fotografie [Lviv Before the War: The Most Beautiful Photographs] (2013).

Nominated for The Conrad Award

Dom z witrażem [The House with the Stained-Glass Window]
Dom z witrażem [The House with the Stained-Glass Window]

Nominated for the Nike Literary Award 2016, winner of the 2014 Znak publishing house’s best contemporary Polish novel competition. It is the story of the relationship of a young woman and an older man, about the search for and determining one’s own identity, with the peeling façades and bulging balconies of Lviv townhouses in the background. A four-generation family saga, in which the stories of Polish and Ukrainian history intertwine together in the personal choices and fates of individual characters. “My nationality is Leopolitan”, says Mikołaj, the only male character in a clan of women, each of whom has experienced life in a different era.