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Pawel Huelle

Pawel Huelle
Books by this author: Cold Sea Stories
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  • Gdansk novelist and short story writer Pawel Huelle spent his early writing career as an employee of the Solidarity Movement’s press office in the late 1980s. He subsequently achieved enormous success (both domestically and in translation) as a writer, and has been honoured with many prestigious awards. His first novel Weiser Dawidek (1987) – described by critics in Poland as ‘the book of the decade’, ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a literary triumph’ and eliciting comparisons to Günter Grass and Bruno Schulz – has been widely translated. Huelle followed Weiser Dawidek with Moving House and Other Stories (1991), First Love and Other Stories (1996), Mercedes Benz (2001), and Castorpe (2004). The latter novel was published in English translation (Serpent’s Tale, 2007) and was shortlisted for the 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
    'It is largely distinguished by a quiet acceptance that loss is a part of life.'
    Publishers Weekly
    'Powerfully evocative.'
    The Good Book Guide
    'These are often unashamedly complex narratives...echoes of Borges...seductively elusive allegory.'
    Edinburgh Review
    '€˜[These stories] glow with the warmth of the past that they conjure into life, and with the yearning for an intensity of feeling and experience that does not wane as life passes by.'
    The Independent
    'Full of powerful imagery.'
    The Financial Times
    'These are complex stories, blending mythology and ancient history with the tide of political change, moving easily between autobiography and invention, reality and fantasy, but they are also immensely readable.'
    The Herald
    'Every year, the balance of the books that reach this antepenultimate round shifts. This time, central and eastern Europe shines...'
    Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor of The Independent and one of the judges of the IFFP
    'There can be little doubt the writing of these engrossing stories was something of a personal odyssey for Huelle, and, under his expert craftsmanship he guarantees a memorable journey for the reader too.'
    The TLS
    Awards won by Pawel Huelle Long-listed, 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (Cold Sea Stories) Short-listed, 2008 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
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