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Prominent Polish Writer and Publisher to Visit U.Va.

April 16, 2010 — Andrzej Stasiuk, one of Poland's most famous contemporary writer, and Monika Sznajderman, publisher of the Wydawnictwo Czarne Publishing House, will visit the University of Virginia on May 3 and 4. Stasiuk and Sznajderman are leaders in post-Communist Poland's literary and cultural emergence.

Stasiuk, whose works "Fado," "Nine," "The White Raven" and "Tales of Galicia " have been translated into English, writes about life in Poland since 1989 and the transition from Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. His travelogues, poetry, essays and fiction highlight Eastern Europe's relationship to the West. His stream-of-consciousness style is often compared to Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."

The author of more than a dozen books, Stasiuk has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Polish NIKE Literary Award for "Going to Babadag," which will soon be released in English.

Sznajderman's independent Wydawnictwo Czarne Publishing House has been publishing ground-breaking fiction, poetry and fiction since 1996, specializing in the literature of post-Communist countries of Central Europe.

In advance of the visit, U.Va. assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures Margarita Nafpaktitis will give a talk about Stasiuk and his work. Nafpaktitis translated "Tales of Galicia," the first book by Stasiuk to appear in English. Her talk, "A Fascination With How Things Fall Apart: An Introduction to the Work of Contemporary Polish Writer Andrzej Stasiuk," will be on April 28, at noon in Clemons Library, room 407. Contact Timur Tsutsuk at tst8bf@virginia.edu by April 26 to reserve a free box lunch for this event.

Sznajderman's talk, "Independent Publishing in a Changing Europe," will focus on the risks and rewards of running an independent press in post-Communist Poland. Her talk is scheduled for May 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the upstairs library at the Colonnade Club in Pavilion VII on the Lawn.

On May 4, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Stasiuk will give a reading and discuss his work, in an event titled "You Travel to Make Sure Something's Still There." The event will be in the Byrd/Morris Seminar Room at Mary and David Harrison Institute for American Literature, History and Culture. Stasiuk will read from his work in Polish and in English translation, and discuss it in the context of present-day Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

 All events are free and open to the public.

For information, contact Nafpaktitis at 434-9243554 or nafpaktitism@virginia.edu.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies' Polish Studies Fund; the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture; and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.

— By Jane Ford

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