Olga Tokarczuk was born in 1962 and lives and works in the countryside near Nowa Ruda, south-western Poland. Originally published in 1998, House for the Day, House for the Night was her first work to appear in English. Antonia Lloyd-Jones’s translations from Polish include Who Was David Weiser? and Moving House and Other Stories, both by Pawel Huelle, and Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia by Wojciech Tochman.
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The Hotel Capital
‘At the same time I take off my exotic language, my strange name, my sense of humour, my face lines, my taste for food not appreciated here, my memory of small events—and I stand naked in this pink and white uniform as if emerging from the sea mist ’.