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Joanna Bator

Joanna Bator - foto Krzysztof Łukasiewicz
Joanna Bator - foto Krzysztof Łukasiewicz

(Poland, 1968) is a writer, journalist and professor of philosophy. A student of cultural studies and philosophy, she earned her doctorate with a thesis on feminism, postmodernism and psychoanalysis that was published as a book in 2011. Bator taught in Japan, which became the basis of her breakthrough novel Japoński wachlarz (Japanese Fan). In 2013 she won the top Polish literary award, the Nike, with Ciemno, prawie noc (Dark, almost Night). This novel is about a young woman who returns to her hometown of Wałbrzych (also Bator's hometown). An investigative journalist, she wants to look into the mysterious disappearance of three children. The village's inhabitants behave strangely, and sinister events force her to confront dark aspects of her own past: her parents' death and her sister's suicide. Bator employs a mixture of styles, from Gothic horror to chatroom lingo. During the festival, her work will be the subject of the Polish translation contest.


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  • Winternachten 2016 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Where Can You Hide?

    Four innocent young women looking for refuge. In Forgotten, José Eduardo Agualusa tells the story of Ludo, who locks herself in her home on the eve of Angola's independence. She stays there for three decades while wars rage outside. In The Book of Memory, Petina Gappah gives voice to an albino girl named Memory who is abused by her white adoptive father. The girl tells her shocking story from a jail cell. In Joanna Bator's novel Dark, almost Night, Alicja tries to uncover her deceased sister's secret in the abandoned house on the Polish-German border where she once lived with her family. And in his new novel Fire Stack, György Dragomán introduces Emma, a girl whose grandmother picks her up from an orphanage in the middle of the Romanian revolution.

  • Winternachten 2016 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The text of my life: Joanna Bator

    In Filmhuis Studio A the festival's guest writers present their favourite literary texts and explain why a particular poem, novel excerpt, or song lyric influenced their life and work. Which memory, what feeling does this text call up for them? A continuous interview programme, in which the audience also talks with the writers. Hosted by Arjan Peters. In English