A brief summary for those of you who haven’t read the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 winner’s books until the very end.
A century or so ago, Vilnius was a very different place to today. Kristina Sabaliauskaitė takes us on a trip past the streets and characters of the city once known as Wilno, in this excerpt from her collection of stories about modern Lithuania’s capital.
A poem by Scottish poet Gordon Meade from his Zoospeak series, which attempts to give voice to animals living in captivity.
In an extract from his book “Out of this World: The Life of Stanisław Lem”, Wojciech Orliński describes a sensational yet often misunderstood encounter between Stanisław Lem and Philip K. Dick, in which the latter denounced the former as a thief.
“And there she stands again, petite, at the blackboard.” A poem by a contemporary Polish poet.
“a woman in a red jacket / picked up a glove from the snow…” A poem by a contemporary Polish writer.
“twenty-five years later, I spit blood into the tub...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”.
In 1939, the 26-year-old Pole Andrzej Bobkowski found himself stranded in France. He started to keep a diary of his everyday experiences as an outsider in an occupied country. We present a selection of entries covering a bicycle trip from southern France to Paris.
“I can’t teach you to tell polymer from mesoglea...” Marcin Orliński presents a piece by a Polish poet.
A corpse has been discovered at a retirement home run by nuns, but Zofia is not convinced that the death was entirely natural... Antonia Lloyd-Jones translates an excerpt from the first novel in a period crime series featuring Zofia Turbotyńska. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
We imagine a world in which politicians read books, leading to a greater capacity for imagination, truth, and caring for the country. Original publication by Paulina Wilk. Read by Annie Krasińska.