Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most beloved authors, and the laureate of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2015 she received the Brueckepreis and the prestigious annual literary award from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as Poland’s highest literary honour, the Nike and the Nike Readers’ Prize. She is the author of eight novels, three short story collections and has been translated into a dozen languages. Her novel Flights, translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft, was shortlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature and won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.
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‘At the same time I take off my exotic language, my strange name, my sense of humour, my face lines, my taste for food not appreciated here, my memory of small events—and I stand naked in this pink and white uniform as if emerging from the sea mist.’