Oneworld Publishing and the Polish Cultural Institute in London are pleased to invite you to a series of events to promote a moving family saga Lala by one of Poland’s top writers, Jacek Dehnel (forthcoming in June by Oneworld in Antonia Lloyd-Jones‘s translation).
Born in 1980, Dehnel is a poet, novelist and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest winners of the Kościelski Prize for promising new writers. He has published five volumes of poetry and nine of prose. Lala, his first novel, tells the story of his grandmother’s life. His second, Saturn, is based on the life of Francisco Goya, and depicts his painful relationship with his son. His third, Mother Makryna, tells the true story of a nineteenth-century fraudster who claimed to be an oppressed Catholic nun. His most recent novel, Krivoklat is the monologue of a lunatic compelled to destroy great works of art. With Piotr Tarczyński he is co-author of two crime novels set in turn-of-the-century Krakow, whose crime-solving heroine is a bored professor’s wife and first-class busybody.
Dehnel’s books available in English: the novel Saturn (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Dedalus 2012) as well as Six Polish Poets, an anthology which he himself edited for Arc Publications (2009), and a volume of his poetry Aperture (translated by Karen Kovacik, Zephyr Press 2018).