Olga Tokarczuk

is a Polish writer, particularly noted for the hallmark mythical tone of her writing. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw. She published a collection of poems, novels, as well as several book with shorter prose texts and essays. Her book Bieguni [“Runners”] won the Nike Award 2008. Amongst her other publications: Primeval and other times, Prague 2010.


Our language is our literary destiny, writes Olga Tokarczuk. And “minority” languages provide a special kind of sanctuary too, inaccessible to the rest of the world. But, there again, language is at its most powerful when it reaches beyond itself and starts to create an alternative world.

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