Provincial life is typically seen in Polish literature as the antithesis of culture. Paradoxically, writes Malgorzata Litwinowicz, the Polish magic realist tradition derives precisely from the small town and the image of the shtetl as centre of the universe.
is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. A specialist in Polish and Lithuanian studies, her work focuses on history of Polish culture in nineteenth century. She is also a storyteller and cofounder of “Group Well O” – an association devoted to the art of storytelling.