Future reading


Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Penguin Modern Classics, 1992, Jan Kott introduction, trans. Barbara Vedder and Michael Kandel

Tomasz Jedrowski, Swimming in the Dark, William Morrow, 2020

Kaja Malanowska, Fog, translated by Bill Johnston, Text Publishing 2021

Dorota Maslowska, A Couple of Poor Polish-speaking Romanians; Oberon Modern Plays, 2008

Zofia Nalkowska, Choucas; University of Chicago Press, 2014

Grazyna Plebanek, Illegal Liaisons; Stork Press, 2013

Jerzy Pilch, A Thousand Peaceful Cities, trans. David Frick, Open Letter, 2010

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Family Moscat; English ed. Vintage, 2000

Andrzej Stasiuk, Tales of Galicia, trans. Margarita Nafpaktitis, Twisted Spoon Press, 2003

Maryla Szymiczkowa, Mrs Mohr Goes Missing, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Twisted Spoon Press 2010

Olga Tokarczuk, The Books of Jacob, trans. Jennifer Croft, Fitzcarrldo Editions 2021
Review by Marcel Theroux

Olga Tokarczuk and Joanna Concejo (illustrator), The Lost Soul, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Seven Stories Press 2021

Michal Witkowski, Love Town, trans. W. Martin

Józef Wittlin, Salt of the Earth, trans. Patrick Corness, Pushkin Press, 2018; Sól ziemi, 1935

This list of Nine Polish books you must read before you die includes late 19th and 20th century novels by Sienkiewicz, Prus, Witkiewicz, Lem and others.

Non fiction:  (reportage / documentary / history)

Irit Amiel, Life. A Temporary Title, trans. Anna Hyde, 2017; Życie. Tytuł tymczasowy, 2014.

Anne Applebaum, Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends (UK edition, Penguin, 2021); Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (US edition, Anchor, 2021)

Miron Bialoszewski, Dziennik Powstania Warszawskiego, Diary of the Warsaw Uprising, New York Review of Books Classics, 2015

Józef Czapski, Inhuman Land: Searching for the Truth in Soviet Russia, 1941-1942 (1949), translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (NYRB Classics, 2018)

Artur Domaslowski, Ryszard Kapuscisnki: A Life, trans. A Lloyd-Jones, Verso 2012

Jacek Hugo-Bader, White Fever: A Journey to the Frozen Heart of Siberia, 2012

Eric Karpeles, Almost Nothing: The 20th-Century Art and Life of Józef Czapski, New York Review Books, 2018

Roger Moorhouse, First to Fight – The Polish War 1939, Bodley Head, 2019

Joanna Olczak-Roniker, In the Garden of Memory, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2004; W ogrodzie pamięci, 2001

Christopher Riopelle, Andrzej Szczerski & Owen Gingerich, Conversations with God: Jan Matejko’s Copernicus, National Gallery Company Ltd, 2021

Marci Shore, The Taste of Ashes: The After Life of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe: Heinemann, 2013

Witold Szablowski, Dancing Bears: Reportage from the Transformation Era, Penguin Random House, 2016

Agata Tuszyńska, Vera Gran: The Accused, trans. Charles Ruas (from the French of Isabelle Jannes-Kalinowski), Alfred A. Knopf 2013

Agata Tuszyńska, Family History of Fear: A Memoir, trans. Charles Ruas (from the French of Jean-Yves Ethel), Anchor Books 2017

Adam Zamoyski, Warsaw 1920: Lenin’s Failed Conquest of Europe, 2008


Agnieszka Kuciak, Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist, translated by Karen Kovacik, White Pine Press 2013

Czesław Miłosz, Provinces: Poems 1987-91, translated by Robert Hass, 1993 (the poems in this collection are also available in Miłosz’s New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001)

Marcin Świetlicki, night truck driver: 49 poems, translated by Elżbieta Wójcik-Leese, Zephyr Press 2021