Marek Krajewski

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  • fot. Piotr Hawałej

(born 1966) novelist and classical philologist, lecturer at Wrocław University, one of Poland’s most popular crime writers, author of a tetralogy featuring the adventures of Crime Commissioner Eberhard Mock, the first of which is called Death in Breslau. Winner of the Paszport “Polityki” prize in 2005 and of the High Calibre Award for the best crime novel of 2003 (for The End of the World in Breslau). A feature film and a television series based on his books are due to be made. Krajewski writes retro crime novels, set in the first half of the twentieth century in what was then the German city of Breslau (now Wrocław in Poland). He has successfully created the fascinating figure of Commissioner Mock, a truly Chandleresque hero who has dark secrets in his past and is no stranger to alcohol and the company of fallen women, but copes masterfully with even the most complex criminal enigmas, sometimes doing his best to punish the criminals in defiance of everyone and everything. Mock is a complicated man full of contradictions, and perhaps that is exactly why he has no trouble discerning people’s darkest secrets. And there are a lot of those in Krajewski’s novels, because he relies on exposing the dark side of human nature, characterised by bestial behaviour, evil and perversion.

Krajewski’s series really has two main characters, one of whom is Mock, while the other is Breslau. He reverently recreates the world of German Breslau, trying to present its atmosphere, and thus restoring the memory of a place that ceased to exist after the Second World War. By combining the genre of the classic crime novel with elements of “minority” literature, Krajewski has created an entirely new quality in crime writing.

Krajewski’s novels are impeccable in terms of craftsmanship; he stage-directs the action with a steady hand, adding to the mystery and keeping the reader in suspense to the very end. He also creates distinct, intriguing characters, both the central figures and the supporting cast.

Bibliography

  • Śmierć w Breslau, Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, Wrocław 1999; W.A.B., Warszawa 2006
  • Koniec świata w Breslau, W.A.B., Warszawa 2003
  • Widma w mieście Breslau, W.A.B., Warszawa 2005
  • Festung Breslau, W.A.B., Warszawa 2006
  • Dżuma w Breslau, W.A.B., Warszawa 2007
  • Aleja samobójców (wspólnie z Mariuszem Czubajem), Warszawa: W.A.B., 2008
  • Róże cmentarne (wspólnie z Mariuszem Czubajem), Warszawa: W.A.B., 2009
  • Głowa Minotaura, Warszawa: W.A.B., 2009
  • Erynie, Kraków: Znak, 2010
  • Liczby Charona, Kraków: Znak, 2011
  • Rzeki Hadesu, Kraków: Znak, 2012
  • W otchłani mroku, Kraków: Znak, 2013
  • Władca liczb, Kraków: Znak, 2014
  • Arena szczurów, Kraków: Znak, 2015
  • Mock, Kraków: Znak, 2016

Translations:

Bulgarian:

  • Smrt w Brieslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Plamiena Bażenowa, Sofia: Bgkniga, 2013

Croatian:

  • Kraj svijeta u Breslauu [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Mladen Martić, Fraktura 2010
  • Sablasti u Breslauu [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Mladen Martić, Fraktura, 2011
  • The End of the World in Breslau: An Inspector Mock Investigation [Koniec świata w Breslau], tłum. Danusia Stok, Melville International Crime, 2013
  • The Minotaur's Head [Głowa Minotaura], tłum. Danusia Stok, Melville International Crime, 2014

Czech:

  • Smrt v Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Michał Przybylski, MOBA, 2008

Danish:

  • Døden i Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Hanne Lone Tønnesen, Kopenhaga: Tiderne Skifter, 2009

Dutch:

  • Spoken in Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Karol Lesman, Amsterdam: Van Gennep 2007
  • Kalendermoorden in Breslau [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Rita Depestel, Greet Pauwelijn, Amsterdam: Van Gennep, 2008
  • De kalender-moordenaar [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Rita Depestel, Greet Pauwelijn, Amsterdam: Van Gennep, 2009

English:

  • Death in Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Danuta Stok, MacLehose Press/Quercus 2008; Nowy Jork: Melville House, 2012
  • Phantoms of Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Danusia Stok, London: Quercus, 2011

French:

  • Les fantômes de Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Margot Carlier, Paris: Éditions Gallimard 2008
  • La peste à Breslau [Dżuma w mieście Breslau], trans. Margot Carlier, Maryla Laurent, Gallimard, 2009

German:

  • Tod in Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Doreen Daume, btb Verlag, 2002
  • Der Kalenderblattmörder [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans Paulina Schulz, DTV 2006
  • Gespenster in Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Paulina Schulz, DTV 2007
  • Festung Breslau, tłum. Paulina Schulz, DTV 2008
  • Pest in Breslau [Dżuma w Breslau], trans. Paulina Schulz, DTV 2009

Greek:

  • TO ΣΗMAΔI TOY ΣKOPΠIOY [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Irena Szelągiweicz, Ateny: Metaixmio, 2009

Hebrew:

  • Śmierć w Breslau, trans. Boris Gerus, Keter, 2010

Hungarian:

  • Halál Breslauban [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Hermann Péter, Budapest: Magvetö 2010

Italian:

  • Morte a Breslavia [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Valentina Parisi, Einaudi 2007
  • La fine del mondo a Breslavia [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Valentina Parisi, Einaudi 2008

Lithuanian:

  • Pasaulio pabaigo Breslau [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Vidas, Alma Litera 2006

Macedonian:

  • Smrt wo Brieslał [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Filip Dimiewski, Skopje: Behemot, 2013

Norwegian:

  • Gjenferdene i Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Anne Walseng, Bergen: Vigmonstad & Bjørke, 2009

Russian:

  • Рризраки Бреслау [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Sergiej Sokołow, Phantom Press 2007
  • Gołowa Minotaura [Głowa Minotaura], trans. Sergiej Podrażanskij, Moskwa: Mosty Kultury Geszarim, 2012

Slovak:

  • Smrť v Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Tomáš Horváth, SLOVART, 2007
  • Koniec sweta v Breslau [Koniec świata w mieście Breslau], trans. Tomáš Horváth, SLOVART, 2008

Spanish:

  • Fin del mundo en Breslau [Koniec świata w mieście Breslau], trans. Fernando Otero Macías, Madrid: Alamut, 2008
  • Muerte en Breslau [Śmierć w Breslau w Hiszpanii], trans. Fernando Otero Macías, Madrid: Alamut, 2008
  • Peste en Breslau [Dżuma w Breslau], trans. Jerzy Sławomirski i Ana Rubió Rodón, RBA Libros, 2011

Swedish:

  • Vålnader i Breslau [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Lisa Mendoza Åsberg, Stockholm: Weyler, 2009

Ukrainian:

  • Кінець світу в Бреслау  [Koniec świata w Breslau], trans. Bożena Antoniak, Kijów, Fakt, 2007
  • Смерть у Бреслау [Śmierć w Breslau], trans. Bożena Antoniak, Kijów, Nora-Druk, 2009
  • Голова Мінотавра [Głowa Minotaura], trans. Bożena Antoniak, Lwów: Piramida, 2009
  • Привиди в місті Бреслау [Widma w mieście Breslau], trans. Bożena Antoniak, Kviv: Urbino 2010
  • Еринії [Erynie], trans. Bożena Antoniak, Kviv: Urbino 2010