Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska - 2023

Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska

Katarzyna Surmiak-Domańska, long-time reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza, tutor and lecturer with the Polish School of Reportage at the Institute of Reportage, member of the jury of the Ryszard Kapuścinski Award for Literary Reportage, member of Polish PEN Club. Graduating from the faculty of Romance Studies at Warsaw University. Her non-fiction books are among others:  Ku Klux Klan. Tu mieszka miłość  (KKK. Love lives here) – an effect of a visit in Arcansas, US and meeting with contemporary Klansmen, the biographical reportage Kieślowski. Zbliżenie (Kieslowski. Close-up) which earned her Newsweek’s Teresa Torańska Award. Her latest book Czystka - a story of her grandmother and father - survivors from the Volhynian purge in the 1940s, was published in 2021 and has been just nominated for The ANGELUS Central European Literature Award.

At the festival, she will present a Slovak translation of her book Kieślowski v detaile (Absynt, 2022), in which she traces in detail the life and work of film director Krzysztof Kieślowski.