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Olga Tokarczuk Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Olga Tokarczuk

Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since 18th June 2020

Born in 1962 in Sulechów. She graduated in psychology from the University of Warsaw. Author of novels The Journey of the Book People (1993), E.E. (1995), Primeval & Other Times (1996), House of Day, House of Night (1998), Final Stories (2004), Anna In in the Tombs of the World (2006), Flights (2007), Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2009), The Books of Jacob (2014), short story collections The Wardrobe (1998) and Playing on Many Drums (2001) and the essay “The Doll and the Pearl” (2000) on Bolesław Prus’s novel The Doll and a collection of columns The Moment of the Bear (2012).

Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Her books were translated into more than thirty languages. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flights (translated by Jennifer Croft), the  Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (Les Livres de Jakób, translated by Maryla Laurent), double winner of the Nike Literary Prize for Flights and The Books of Jacob, twice nominated for the National Book Award for Flights and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones). Great Ambassador of the Polish Language.

Her works were adapted for theatre (e.g. Primeval & Other Times,  twice: directed by Sebastian Majewski and Piotr Tomaszuk, and E.E., on Television Theatre, directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz) and film (Żurek, directed by Ryszard Brylski, Aria Diva, directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska). In 2017 the film Spoor directed by Agnieszka Holland, with the writer’s screenplay based on Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead entered cinemas.