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Andrzej Stasiuk

How I Became a Writer - An Attempt at an Intellectual Autobiography

Original title: Jak zostalem pisarzem. Próba autobiografii intelektualnej, published 1998 by Czarne
(German title: Wie ich Schriftsteller wurde)
ca. 150 pages
Paperback
2001
Andrzej Stasiuk
Foto: Andrzej Stasiuk
© Brigitte Friedrich

Andrzej Stasiuk, born 1960 in Warsaw and raised there, lives in the Beskides since the year of 1986. He writes poems, stories, novels, also works as a journalist and script author and together with his wife Monika Sznajderman directs the publishing house Czarne located in Wolowiec. He has received numerous literary awards, among them the Samuel Bogumil Linde Prize for Literature (2002), the Nike Prize (Poland, 2005) for On The Road to Babadag, the Adalbert Stifter Prize (2005), the Vilenica Prize and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2016).

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Stasiuk would have preferred to be a rock star. In this »Bildungsroman«, penned in less than two weeks he lets us know why that career never came to be.

There are few examples where adolescent rebellion, not only under communism, has been described more pointedly or more scathingly. Being drafted into the army signals the end for Stasiuk of nights on the town, listening to Lou Reed and Jimi Hendrix, beer and drugs. In December 1981, when martial law was introduced in Poland, Stasiuk did not return to his barracks and ended up in prison. When he was released he was celebrated as a hero of the resistance, but he was neither a pacifist nor a dissident - he simply couldn't be bothered any more….

Other publications

Dojczland/Dojczland (2008)

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Fado/Fado (2008)

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Unterwegs nach Babadag/On the Road to Babadag (2005)

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Mein Europa/My Europe (2004)

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Galizische Geschichten/Galician Tales (2002)

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Neun/Nine (2002)

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Die Welt hinter Dukla/Dukla (2000)

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