The 2020 ‘Nike’ Literary Award nominations were announced on 26 May 2020. The outstanding novel by Izabela Morska, UG Faculty of Languages Professor, called ‘Znikanie’ (Disappearing), published in 2020 by Znak publishing house, has been selected as one of the twenty nominees. The list of finalists include names of outstanding poets, essayists, novelists, reporters, like: Ewa Kuryluk, Ewa Lipska, Mikołaj Łoziński, Magdalena Grochowska, Adam Zagajewski, Tadeusz Sławek, Wojciech Tochman or Monika Sznajderman. It is the 24th edition of one of the most significant Polish literary prizes, funded by Gazeta Wyborcza and Agora Foundation.
We congratulate and keep our fingers crossed for Professor Izabela Morska!
She finishes checking students’ works when all of a sudden her fingers become numb. Later comes the excruciating pain, followed by other symptoms. A map with specialists’ addresses becomes her world now. She learns how to be a good patient, without any claims and with plenty of money. At the same time she begins her own investigation, with scientific passion: what is the disease? What did she neglect, what did she miss? Maybe she is just sick conjointly with Poland?
Izabela Morska (maiden name – Filipiak) bio:
Writer, essayist, columnist, poet. She published in "bruLion", "Czas Kultury", "Odra", "Ośka", "Ex Libris", "Kwartalnik Artystyczny", "Gazeta Wyborcza". She was a regular columnist of "Activist", "Marie Claire", "Pani" and "Wysokie Obcasy" – where the series "Twórcze pisanie dla młodych panien" (Creative writing for young ladies) initially appeared. From 2003 to 2009 she lived in California, where she was invited by the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated Mills College in California, majoring in English literature and creative writing. Since 2009 she has worked at the UG Institute of English and American Studies where she teaches critical writing and thinking, American culture and English literature. She has either given lectures or appeared as a guest at more than 40 literary and scientific conferences. In 2018 she received Julian Tuwim Literary Award for lifetime achievements.
Translation: Adam Myzyk