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Szczepan Twardoch

Twardoch’s much read and adored The King left plenty of readers wanting more. The author gave us a highly nuanced image of prewar Warsaw, torn by political pressures, yet also full of passions. In his latest novel he goes further – Ryfka and Dawid, protagonists of The King, attempt to survive the hell of German-occupied Warsaw in The Kingdom. In his sharp­‑edged and ruthless style he shows how people’s everyday lives looked during the war – both those who tried to save others, and those capable of the greatest infamies. The surrounding world grows darker and darker, and the only ray of hope in a world of bloody madness is love – but perhaps this, too, will not stand the test of time? The author seduces us with the brutal and raw beauty of his literature, while stripping us of all our illusions. This is a powerful novel, soaked in despair, yet also achingly beautiful and full of love – Twardoch is in top form. 

“In The Kingdom, Szczepan Twardoch gives us svelte middle-of-the-road prose based on popular pop fiction conventions. He almost entirely abandons narrative peculiarities, but he does give free rein to his imagination, sparing none of the macabre or the erotic. Isn’t that why we love him?”

Dariusz Nowacki, Gazeta Wyborcza

“The Kingdom is a book about non-Polish Poles, it is a compelling, sometimes surprising novel packed with thrills and adventure – it is great literature”.

Kurzojady

“The power of The Kingdom is its courage in unveiling the truth about the inconstancy of human nature, revealed in the face of challenges presented by history”.

Janusz R. Kowalczyk, Culture.pl

“The Kingdom is more emotional and intimate than The King. It is also more depressing, full of regret, hatred, worry, hunger, cold, but also love. It truly is a great novel, and deserves your attention”.

Martyna Gancarczyk, Czytaj.pl

“The Kingdom is more emotional and intimate than The King. It is also more depressing, full of regret, hatred, worry, hunger, cold, but also love. It truly is a great novel, and deserves your attention”.

Martyna Gancarczyk, Czytaj.pl

“The Kingdom is a well-written novel – it contains complex characters with tangled motives, an original (and nonchronological) plot line, and that distinctive voice – Twardoch has found his own, unique style, demonstrated in a high degree of literary awareness and improving technique, which remains highly personal, an echo of his private struggles”.

Sławomir Grabowski, Esensja

Release date: 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-83-08-06800-7


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The Kingdom

Szczepan Twardoch

Twardoch’s much read and adored The King left plenty of readers wanting more. The author gave us a highly nuanced image of prewar Warsaw, torn by political pressures, yet also full of passions. In his latest novel he goes further – Ryfka and Dawid, protagonists of The King, attempt to survive the hell of German-occupied Warsaw in The Kingdom. In his sharp­‑edged and ruthless style he shows how people’s everyday lives looked during the war – both those who tried to save others, and those capable of the greatest infamies. The surrounding world grows darker and darker, and the only ray of hope in a world of bloody madness is love – but perhaps this, too, will not stand the test of time? The author seduces us with the brutal and raw beauty of his literature, while stripping us of all our illusions. This is a powerful novel, soaked in despair, yet also achingly beautiful and full of love – Twardoch is in top form. 

“In The Kingdom, Szczepan Twardoch gives us svelte middle-of-the-road prose based on popular pop fiction conventions. He almost entirely abandons narrative peculiarities, but he does give free rein to his imagination, sparing none of the macabre or the erotic. Isn’t that why we love him?”

Dariusz Nowacki, Gazeta Wyborcza

“The Kingdom is a book about non-Polish Poles, it is a compelling, sometimes surprising novel packed with thrills and adventure – it is great literature”.

Kurzojady

“The power of The Kingdom is its courage in unveiling the truth about the inconstancy of human nature, revealed in the face of challenges presented by history”.

Janusz R. Kowalczyk, Culture.pl

“The Kingdom is more emotional and intimate than The King. It is also more depressing, full of regret, hatred, worry, hunger, cold, but also love. It truly is a great novel, and deserves your attention”.

Martyna Gancarczyk, Czytaj.pl

“The Kingdom is more emotional and intimate than The King. It is also more depressing, full of regret, hatred, worry, hunger, cold, but also love. It truly is a great novel, and deserves your attention”.

Martyna Gancarczyk, Czytaj.pl

“The Kingdom is a well-written novel – it contains complex characters with tangled motives, an original (and nonchronological) plot line, and that distinctive voice – Twardoch has found his own, unique style, demonstrated in a high degree of literary awareness and improving technique, which remains highly personal, an echo of his private struggles”.

Sławomir Grabowski, Esensja

Release date: 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-83-08-06800-7