"Dewocje” is the third book in Anna Ciarkowska's oeuvre – after the volume of poetry "Chłopcy, których kocham", with her own illustrations (Otwarte Publishing House, 2018) and the novel "Pestki" (Otwarte Publishing House, 2019). In the nominated novel, the author tackles the problem of Polish religiosity, family piety, the burden of faith, framing the narrative in the form of a confession of the main character – a teenage girl.
Anna Ciarkowska is a graduate of High School number one under the patronage of Nicolas Copernicus in Lodz, she studied Romance philology and cultural studies at the University of Lodz. In 2017, she obtained a PhD degree in literary studies.
The "Nike" Literary Award is one of the most important distinctions for Polish writers and poets. It is founded by "Gazeta Wyborcza" and the Agora Foundation. Among the twenty nominees of this year's 26th edition of the award, there is also a collection of poetry entitled "Mondo cane" by Professor Jerzy Jarniewicz, also from the Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz.
The full list of books nominated in this year's „Nike” edition is available here.
Anna Ciarkowska „Dewocje", W.A.B. Publishing House 2021
Edit: Promotion Centre of the University of Lodz
Photo: Adam Słowikowski