congress / people

Dorota Masłowska

Date and place of birth: 1983, Wejherowo, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: literature

ECC Participation: artist

photo: Teatr Polski we Wrocławiu

A writer. who gained notoriety in 2002 after publishing her bestselling book, “Snow White and Russian Red.” Her next novel, “The Queen’s Peacock,” released in 2005, has received the Nike Award, one of Poland’s most prestigious literary prizes. Masłowska is known world-wide mostly as the author of two plays: “A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians” (2006) and “We’re All Good” (2008).

”This song has been made with the European Union’s money.”

Her work is a merciless account of Polish frustrations, backwater mentality and history draped in patriotism and martyrdom. The strength of her work lies in language: it’s unusually funny, does away with inflection and syntax and demonstrates the absurdity of idioms and collocations that describe modern reality.

Her novels have been published in France, Italy, Germany, the United States, Brazil, the Czech Republic, in the Netherlands and in Hungary. Her plays have been staged by German, Australian and Swedish directors. In 2011, “We’re All Good” will have its premiere in New York. Also in 2011, her collaboration with Krystian Lupa, called “X-periment,” is expected to hit the stage.