Joanna Bator, b. 1968, Wałbrzych/Poland, studied cultural studies in Wrocław and philosophy in Warsaw, earning her doctorate with a thesis on feminism, postmodernism and psychoanalysis. She has published two collections of essays on Japan and three novels.
In her debut novel Piaskowa Góra (tr.: Sandy mountain, 2009), Bator tells the story of several generations of women against the backdrop of Poland’s fraught 20th-century history. In Chmurdalia (tr.: Cloudalia, 2010), Bator extends the action to encompass a vast panorama of continents and centuries, and focuses on themes such as alienation and the search for a homeland. Her most recent novel Ciemno, prawie noc (tr.: Dark almost night, 2012) focuses on the fragility of a society that has lost its common language due to xenophobia and intolerance.
Bator’s awards include the Nike Literary Award, which is Poland’s most distinguished literary award, and the Swiss Spycher prize. In 2014, she held the Friedrich Dürrenmatt Guest Professorship of World Literature at the University of Bern. She was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2015.
Ciemno, prawie noc
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