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Anne Applebaum

American writer and journalist, feature writer at The Washington Post; winner of the Pulitzer Prize (2004) for her monograph Gulag: A History, which is a reconstruction of one of the world’s most genocidal institutions. At the end of the 1980s and at the beginning of the 1990s, she was a correspondent for The Economist, for which she wrote about the fall of communism and transformations taking place in Poland. In 1995 she published the book Between East & West, which was also translated into Polish. 

 
Ulrike Almut Sandig




German poet. She stuck her early works on lampposts in Leipzig and overprinted them on postcards. Author of three volumes of poetry, several radio dramas, and audiobooks, in which she combines poetry with pop music.

 
Houshang Asadi



Born in 1950; an Iranian writer, journalist, translator, author of plays and film scripts. His novel, Letters to My Torturer, which has recently been translated into Polish and released by the Czarne publishing house, is a dramatic testimony of the writer’s experience and an attempt to deal with his past activity in the opposition.

 
Tahar Ben Jelloun




Born in 1944 in the Moroccan city of Fes. He is one of the best known living authors writing in French. He studied philosophy, sociology, and psychiatry. In 1971, he emigrated to France; two years later he published his first novel entitled Harrouds, acclaimed by Barthes and Beckett.

 
Kiran Desai

Born in India, lived in Great Britain, and later settled in the USA with her family. Daughter of writer Anita Desai, whom she considers to be a great literary authority. She was noticed thanks to a short story featured in the Mirrorwork: 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997 anthology.

 
Matthias Fritsch



Lives and works in Berlin. He studied Media Art at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe (HfG) in Germany and at Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), New York. Has made several short and long movies, and media-based installations.

 
Matthias Göritz



German prose writer, poet, essayist and translator. Having graduated in philosophy and literary studies, he stayed in Moscow and Paris, lectured in New York's Bard College and translated from Korean. His prose debut is The Short Dream of Jakob Voss [Der kurze Traum des Jakob Voss] published in 2005.

 
Juliane Henrich



She studied at the German Institute of Literature in Leipzig, at the University of the Arts Berlin and at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. Her films range from documentary to experimental shorts and sometimes incorporate poetry.

 
Hallgrímur Helgason

He was born on the 18th of February 1959, in Reykjavik. In the years 1979–1980, he studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1981–1982). He has held many individual exhibitions, both in his country and abroad (in Paris, Malmö and Boston, among others). He has written several novels, plays and a poetry collection. He debuted with a novel entitled Hella in 1990.

 
Svenja Herrmann



She studied German and Legal History and has been shortly granted a literary residence for 2015 in London given by the foundation Landis & Gyr, Switzerland. Her works have been awarded several literary prizes. Several of her texts have been translated into English, Polish, Ukrainian, French and Rumanian.

 
Axel Krüger

Was born in the German countryside, some 80 miles from Frankfurt am Main. He left the Hessian provence to study film and art history, first in Marburg, then in Mainz.

 
Åsa Larsson




One of the most popular and most translated Swedish authors of crime novels, author of a series with prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson as the main character. She was born in Uppsala, but spent her childhood and youth in the far North, in Kiruna. She returned to Uppsala to study. For several years, she worked as a lawyer specialising in tax law.

 
Claudio Magris



A prose writer, essayist, translator and expert in German studies, a professor of contemporary German literature at the University of Trieste. He is of Italian descent. He publishes regularly in renowned European magazines, such as the Italian magazine Corriere della Sera and the Polish quarterly Zeszyty Literackie. He has received many prestigious prizes, including Erasmus, Herder and Vilencio. In 2009 he received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, which is awarded annually at the Book Fair in Frankfort on the Main.

 
Tom McCarthy



A writer and artist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages. His first novel, Remainder, which deals with questions of trauma and repetition, won the 2008 Believer Book Award and is currently being adapted for cinema.

 
W. J. T. Mitchell



The Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. From 1988-1991 he was the head of the Department of English there, and since 1978, he has edited the prestigious periodical Critical Inquiry. His academic work focuses mainly on the relations of image and language researched in the area of art and literature, and in the media.

 
Cees Nooteboom



One of the most outstanding Dutch writers, translator, poet, traveller, listed many times among the candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His first independent expedition resulted in the book entitled Philip and the Others (1995), for which he received the Anne Frank Prize.

 
Nicolas Presl



Born in Vendée in 1976. After a short career as a stonemason, he devoted himself to drawing comic books. In his first three books, published by Atrabile (Priape – 2006, Divine Colonie – Lokator 2013, and Fabrica – Lokator 2013).

 
The Brothers Quay




Outstanding creators of puppet animations, directors, graphic designers, and film set designers. Apart from animations, they produced two feature-length live action films (Institute Benjamenta, 1995; The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, 2006) and several ballet films.

 
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

The Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir debuted as a crime writer in 2005 with Last Rituals which so far is sold in more than 30 languages. Her second crime novel on attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir, My soul to take, was published in 2006. My soul to take is already sold in 14 languages, including in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Greece, Poland, Spain and Scandinavia. Yrsa's third crime novel, Ashes to Dust was published in 2007 and was a huge success. In 2008, her fourth crime novel, The Day is Dark, sold more than 10,000 copies in hardcover in Iceland - in only six weeks. Someone to Watch Over Me (2009) was also a success but in 2010 she broke her previous records when selling 16,000 copies in six weeks of I Remember You.

 
Marci Shore

American historian and researcher of the history of Eastern Europe. She teaches history and European culture at Yale University. Author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism about Polish writers and their connections to communism, including Tuwim, Broniewski, Lechoń, and Wasilewska.

 
Peter Sloterdijk



German philosopher, translator, specialist in cultural studies, and essayist. Chancellor of the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, part of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Student of Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, continuator of the philosophical tradition of the Frankfurt School.

 
Timothy D. Snyder

American Professor at Yale University specialising in the history of modern nationalism and Central and Eastern Europe, one of the most widely-read historians in the English-speaking countries. Author of the highly acclaimed book The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999, in which he tried to trace the evolution of national identity in these countries.

 
Abeer Soliman



33-year-old woman from Qena in Middle Egypt. She was a columnist for the al-Dustur (Constitution) independent newspaper and worked for the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, which is a media platform for several organisations for the protection of human rights from the Middle East.

 
Bettina Spoerri



Studied literature, philosophy and musicology in Zurich, Berlin and Paris. She works as a literary and film critic for various magazines in Switzerland and was the director of the Solothurn Literature Days – the biggest literary festival in Switzerland.

 
Joy Sorman



Daughter of essayist Guy Sorman, she was first a professor of philosophy. Next, she started dealing with cultural events, and later devoted herself to writing. The range of her literary interests included the classics: L’Education sentimentale and Á la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust.

 
Iryna Vikyrchak




Ukrainian poetess, translator, photographer and the executive director of the Meridian Festival of Poetic Art in Chernivtsi, which is an ambitious and unique verse promotion project.

 
Mostafa Zamaninija

He is a well known Iranian writer. He has published a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. His academic work has mostly been on historical and cultural issues, including works on modern Iranian literature, history and cinematography. He has published poetry, novels, screen-plays and essays. His novels (such as Kudām zamīn shādtar ast, Bigū bih Māh Biyāīd, and Rāh-i Darāz-i Istānbūl) are read also in Iranian circles outside Iran.

 
Maciej Zaremba Bielawski

Swedish journalist of Polish origins, opinion writer, and translator (of the works of Zbigniew Herbert). After his graduation exam, together with his mother, grandmother and brothers, he emigrated to Sweden. He delivered parcels, was an orderly in a hospital, crane operator, and in this way learned the Swedish way of life and language. At university in Stockholm, he studied film history and the history of ideas. He began work as a journalist in 1981, writing reportages on the subject of the Solidarity movement.

 
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