Olga Tokarczuk: An Evening with Poland's Best

Polish Cultural Institute


A Polish household name on the British Library stage.

Thursday 22 March, 7-8:15pm
British Library
Knowledge Centre
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
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Discover why Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful Polish writers of her generation as she speaks to Adam Mars-Jones about her career, writing and latest translated work, Flights. 

This week Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights (Bieguni) in Jennifer Croft’s translation (Fitzcarraldo Editions) was longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize http://themanbookerprize.com/international. When originally published in Poland in 2007, Flights has double-won Poland’s most important literary award, NIKE in 2008: the jury and the audience awards. No wonder, as it is a universal and beautifully told story about our present, fleeting and flowing condition.

‘A magnificent writer.’  
Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate 2015

‘Flights could almost be an inventory of the ways narrative can serve a writer short of, and beyond, telling a story.' 
Adam Mars-Jones, London Review of Books

Olga Tokarczuk is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful Polish writers of her generation, particularly noted for the hallmark mythical tone of her writing. In 2015 she received the Brueckepreis and the prestigious annual literary award from Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as Poland’s highest literary honour, the Nike and the Nike Readers’ Prize. Tokarczuk also received a Nike in 2009 for Flights. She is the author of eight novels, two short story collections and has been translated into a dozen languages. 

Adam Mars-Jones has published three novels (including the first two instalments of the epic Pilcrow) and two collections of short stories. Noriko Smiling is a book-length study of a single Japanese film and his most recent book, Kid Gloves, is a memoir of his father. He reviews books for the London Review of Books and films for the Times Literary Supplement.

Supported by the Polish Cultural Institute, London