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Poland-Joanna Bator

Joanna Bator is a Polish novelist, journalist and academic. She received literary scholarships from the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Japanese Ministry of Culture, Cannon Foundation and Japan Foundation. She is the author of six novels, most recently Gorzko, gorzko (Bitter, Bitter) (2020), as well as three nonfiction books, The Japanese Fan (2004), A Shark from Yoyogi Park (2014), and Teardrop Island (2015). She is the recipient of the Nike Literary Award, the Beata Pawlak Award, the Hermann-Hesse-Literaturpreis, the International Stefan Heym Prize, the Usedomer Literary Prize and the Swiss Spycher Prize. She is the author of bestselling titles translated into numerous languages, including Ciemno, prawie noc (Dark, Almost Night), adapted for the screen in 2019.


Book cover of Ciemno, prawie noc


Movie adaption of Ciemno, prawie noc



In her sixth novel Gorzko, gorzko she returns to the Lower Silesia, inspired by a true story she heard at the Unislaw Slaski cemetery.  Social and magical realism intertwine and create a brilliant and moving story about a craving for love and freedom maturing through four generations of women.


Writing Sample:Gorzko, Gorzko

Interview with Joanna Bator