Żanna Słoniowska

journalist and translator
Żanna Słoniowska

(born 1978) – Ukrainian writer, journalist and translator living in Poland. She studied at the Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv. She worked as a journalist for the Independent Television Agency (NTA). In 2002, she moved to Poland, first to Warsaw, where she enrolled in the PhD programme at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Finalist of the National Competition for Original Poetry Book Świdnica 2010 for a project for the volume Bajka o bardzo małej dziewczynce. Winner of the competition for the best novel organised by the Znak Publishing House in 2014 for the project for the novel Dom z witrażem. The book received the Conrad Award, was nominated for the Nike Literary Award, and was published in Great Britain, France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia. It was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. Critics consider Żanna Słoniowska to be one of the most interesting voices in contemporary European literature. In 2019, she published the novel Wyspa.

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.