A Polish writer, essayist, scriptwriter, poet, and psychologist. The winner of The Man Booker International Prize 2018 for the Bieguni (Flights) novel and a two-time winner of the Nike Literary Prize for her novels: Bieguni (2008) and Księgi Jakubowe (2015).
She graduated in psychology at the University of Warsaw. The author of the novel “The Journey of the Book-People” (1993), “E.E.” (1995), “Primeval and Other Times” (1996), “House of Day, House of Night” (1998), “The Last Stories” (2004), “Anna in the Tombs of the World” (2006), Pole (2007) , “Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead” (2009), “Jacob’s Scriptures” (2014).
Winner of many awards, including Awards of the Foundation Kościelski (1997) and Passport of “Polityka” (1997), Silesian Cultural Award (2003), Award of Partner Cities of Toruń and Göttingen to them. Samuel Bogumił Lindego (2008) and the Uznamska Literary Award (2012). She was nominated four times for the Nike literary award, which she received in 2008 for the “Flights” novel. For “House of Day, House of Night” she received the prestigious “Brücke Berlin” -Preis prize (2002) and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2004).
Her books have been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech, Ukrainian, Turkish, as well as Chinese, Japanese and Hindi. Some of the songs have been staged by theaters (including “Prawiek and other times”, twice: directed by S. Majewski and P. Tomaszuk, and “EE”, a play by the Television Theater directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz) and film adaptations (“Żurek”, directed by R. Brylski, “Aria Diva”, directed by A. Smoczyńska). In 2015, based on the writer’s script based on the book “Lead your plow over the bones of the dead”, a film directed by Agnieszka Holland will be created.