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Andrzej Stasiuk

The Walls of Hebron

Original Polish title: Mury Hebronu, published in 1992 by Glodnych Duchów
(German title: Die Mauern von Hebron)
ca. 160 pages
Paperback
2003
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's legendary debut, and new editions have been repeatedly brought out in 1992 in Poland, continues to irritate and fascinated readers. To describe the violent reality of everyday prison life the author summed up all his powers of poetic exaggeration such as was to also be the hallmark of his later writings.

In no other of Stasiuk's text does he gaze so brazenly and so mercilessly at the world. His underground publisher found the »book a touch too prison-heavy for the time«. Today, it forms the bedrock of his oeuvre. For the intoxicating beauty of Dukla would possibly never have surfaced without the existential gloom of The Walls of Hebron.

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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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Wie ich Schriftsteller wurde/How I Became a Writer (2001)

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Die Welt hinter Dukla/Dukla (2000)

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