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Writing as a way of life
Add date: Tuesday, 2 December 2014

“For me writing is not work at all. Work is something hard, something you want to finish as quickly as possible and finally have a break (…). For me writing is rather relaxing than working. That is why I do not need any days off or leaves” – in a conversation with Wacław Radziwinowicz from the Książki magazine, Boris Akunin talks about what he has learnt about the death of writers, what Japanese children write about in school essays, what his view on contemporary Russia is and what he was looking for in Krakow during the Conrad Festival.

 
We do not live in a country but in language.
Add date: Thursday, 27 November 2014

“Culture is the backbone; however, it is language that unites a nation the most” – says Jaume Cabré in an interview with Marcin Kube in the Rzeczpospolita daily, and answers the question why evil is proportional to the level of power, whether it can be inherited and what power language holds.

 
It is worth writing about death
Add date: Thursday, 27 November 2014

“Pop culture has accustomed us to killing itself; however, not to death. We are affected by every death as something extraordinary and scandalous, and this is something that keeps astonishing me – after all we live in cemeteries,” Szczepan Twardoch in the Polityka weekly tells Justyna Sobolewska why the reader will not find catharsis in his new book Drach, wonders what blood bonds are, and convinces her that it is worth writing both about love and death.

 
Inga Iwasiów bursting balloons
Add date: Thursday, 13 November 2014

I adopted an old literary strategy of bursting balloons. In this case they were flying high – in the sphere that should be home to metaphysics rather than the physics of an undressed body... – Inga Iwasiów tells Patrycja Pustkowiak in Newsweek about her first erotic novel W powietrzu (In the Air), the need for a cultural revolution and a good time for an unbridled erotic novel.

 
Etgar Keret’s seven good years
Add date: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

“The beauty of humanity is more striking when life becomes harder and more severe” – Etgar Keret tells Malwina Wapińska in the pages of the Kultura supplement to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily about his bond with Poland, the sense of humour that saves us in the moments of danger and a particular liking for discussions with taxi drivers from all over the world.

 
 
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