Wojciech Kuczok

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Wojciech Kuczok (2005)

Wojciech Kuczok (born October 18, 1972 in Chorzów ) is a Polish writer and film critic .


Kuczok grew up in Upper Silesia and studied at the Silesian University in Katowice . He worked as a journalist for the weekly Tygodnik Powszechny and the monthly publications Res Publica Nowa and Kino . He is currently a PhD student in film studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow . In the 90s he began to work as a writer and belonged to the group of poets Na dziko . His first volume of short stories was published in 1996, and his third book, Opowieści słychane ( Heard Tales ), received critical acclaim. The same was true for his first novel Gnój ( bastard ) from 2003. Here he describes a sometimes dramatic language, but always ironic and surreal broken an Upper Silesian family history from the 70s and 80s, which could be his own. For the book he received the Paszport Polityki in 2003 and the most important Polish literary prize, the Nike, in 2004 . He then wrote the screenplay for the film Pręgi (welts) by Magdalena Piekorz , which in 2004 received the main prize of the Polish Film Festival Gdynia .

In his texts, Kuczok not only deals bluntly and disrespectfully with the topics of family and church, which are taboo in Poland, but also repeatedly deals with another taboo topic in Polish society with the coming-out of homosexual protagonists.



  • Opowieści samowite (1996)
  • Larmo (1998)
  • Opowieści słychane (1999)
  • Szkieleciarki (2002)
  • Gnój (2003) (German: Dreckskerl , Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp Verlag 2007, ISBN 978-3-518-41884-0 )
  • Widmokrąg (2004) (German: Im Kreis der Gespenster , Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp Verlag 2006. ISBN 3-518-41753-3 )
  • Opowieści przebrane (2005)
  • To piekielne kino (2006) (German: Höllisches Kino , Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp Verlag 2008, ISBN 978-3-518-12542-7 )
  • Senność (2008) (German: Lethargie , Frankfurt / Main: Suhrkamp Verlag 2010, ISBN 978-3518421833 )


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