Weronika Murekknown for her debut, "The Cultivation of Southern Plants Using the Michurin Method"
(born 1989) – graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Silesia. She debuted in 2015 with a collection of short stories Uprawa roślin południowych metodą Miczurina [The Cultivation of Southern Plants Using the Michurin Method] (2015), which was nominated for the Paszport Polityki award, the Gdynia Literary Award in Prose, the Conrad Award for the Best Debut, shortlisted for the Nike Literary Award and honoured with the Witold Gombrowicz Literary Award. She is the author of plays and the winner of the Gdynia Drama Award 2015.
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.