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Jacek Dehnel

Jacek Dehnel

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September 2019 - October 2019

Jacek Dehnel (born in Gdańsk, Poland) is a Polish poet, writer, translator and painter.

"I have published four novels (translated into over a dozen of languages), ten other books of prose (short stories, novellas, essays, feuilletons, etc.), nine collections of poems and seven books of translation (Ph. Larkin, F. S. Fitzgerald, H. James, E. White and others); I co-wrote three crime novels.
Awards: Paszport „Polityki“ (2006), Kościelski Foundation Award (2005), five times nominated to „Nike“ Award, three – to „Angelus“, once to EBRD Literature Prize and recently shortlisted to PEN America Poetry in Translation.
Columnist for „Polityka“, „Gazeta Wyborcza“ and others."

Project info

"In Vienna I would like to work on two projects. First a continuation of „Fotoplastikon” („Die Kaiserpanorama”), a set of one hundred short essays/prose poems/ekphrases about the old photographies, being also an insight in the 19th century society and its conflitcs.

The other one is more connected to Vienna: I would like to write a non-fiction book about my relatives, who run a secret net of art and gold smuggle in 1950s-1970s. They are all deceased now, but their children, who live in Vienna, decided to help me by bringing to life this extraordinary story of a well-to-do, respected family of refined art collectors, who, after the troubles of the World War II and at odds with the communist Poland, decided to smuggle out the works of art belonging to the Polish aristocracy, deprived of its palaces and lands, but still posessing a number of exquisite art pieces. A residency in Vienna would be crucial to this project, as this is the place where the most important people and sources for the book are."

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