*1960 in Warsaw
Andrzej Stasiuk is one of the leading contemporary writers in Poland, and considered to be a master of the literary essay. He has repeatedly returned to the theme of the Polish people’s relationship to their European neighbours. This topic is similarly addressed in his most recent book, “Dojczland – Ein Reisebericht” (2008) – a literary travelogue presenting a psychological portrait of both Poland and its neighbour. Stasiuk regularly contributes reviews and essays to the “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Rzeczpospolita”, the two largest Polish newspapers. His political essays are also regularly published in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” in Germany. “Night – A Slavo-German Medical Tragifarce”, his first theatre play was staged in 2005 as a bilingual co-production by Stary Teatr and the Düsseldorf Staatsschauspiel. Stasiuk’s works have been awarded a series of prizes including the 2002 Samuel Bogumil Linde Literary Prize of the Partner Cities Thorn (Poland) and Göttingen (Germany), the 2005 Adalbert-Stifter-Prize and the 2008 International Vilenica Prize awarded by the Slovene Writers’ Association.