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Olga Tokarczuk

Poland (b.1962)

Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 in Sulechów near Zielona Góra, Poland. A recipient of all of Poland's top literary awards, she is one of the most critically acclaimed authors of her generation. After finishing her psychology degree at the University of Warsaw, she initially practiced as a therapist and often cites C.G. Jung as an inspiration for her work, in which mythmaking has become a hallmark.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
   Conradology (2017) (with Martyn Bedford, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Jacek Dukaj, Becky Harrison, Pawel Huelle, Worciech Orlinski, Sarah Penny and Magda Raczynska)
Non fiction
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : House of Day, House of Night
International Booker Prize Best Book winner (2018) : Flights
International Booker Prize Best Book nominee (2019) : Drive your Plough over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk recommends
Mrs Mohr Goes Missing (2019)
(Zofia Turbotynska Mystery, book 1)
Maryla Szymiczkowa
"An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime."
Karolina, or The Torn Curtain (2021)
Jacek Dehnel
"An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime."
The Widow Queen (2021)
(Bold, book 1)
Elżbieta Cherezińska
"Elzbieta Cherezinska writes with great depth and imagination, bringing to life seductive and detailed worlds."
I'd Like to Say Sorry, But There's No One to Say Sorry to (2022)
Mikolaj Grynberg
"These small, searing prose pieces are moving and unsettling at the same time. If the diagnosis they present is right, then we have a great problem in Poland."
Time Shelter (2022)
Georgi Gospodinov
"The most exquisite kind of literature... I've put it on a special shelf in my library that I reserve for books that can never be fully exhausted - books that demand to be revisited every now and then."

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