Dorota Masłowska

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Dorota Masłowska
Dorota Maslowska 2018.jpg
Born (1983-07-03) 3 July 1983 (age 39)
Wejherowo, Poland
Occupationwriter, playwright, columnist, journalist
AwardsPaszport Polityki (2002)
Nike Award (2006)

Dorota Masłowska (Polish pronunciation:[dɔˈrɔta maˈswɔfska]; born 3 July 1983) is a Polish writer, playwright, columnist and journalist.

Life and work[edit]

Masłowska was born in Wejherowo, and grew up there. She applied for the University of Gdańsk's faculty of psychology and was accepted, but left the studies for Warsaw, where she joined the culture studies at the Warsaw University. She first appeared in the mass-media when her debut book Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną (translated to English as either White and Red in the UK or Snow White and Russian Red in the US; literally means Polish-Russian War under White-Red Flag) was published. Largely controversial, mostly because of the language seen by many as vulgar, cynical and simple, the book was praised by many intellectuals as innovative and fresh.[1] Among the most active supporters of Masłowska were Marcin Świetlicki and Polityka weekly staff, most notably renowned writer Jerzy Pilch. A notable example of post-modernist literature, her book became a best-seller in Poland and won Masłowska several notable awards as well as general support among the critics. It was almost immediately translated onto several languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, English, Hungarian, Czech and Lithuanian, and won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.[2]

Her second novel Paw królowej (The Queen's Peacock) did not gain similar popularity, even though it won the NIKE Literary Award in 2006. As of 2009, Dorota Masłowska's permanent residence is in Kraków. In 2009, she resided in Berlin on a German Academic Exchange Service stipend.[3] She has collaborated with a number of magazines, most notably the Przekrój and Wysokie Obcasy weeklies, as well as Lampa monthly and the quarterly B EAT magazine.[citation needed]

Her first play, Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku (A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians), has been translated by Lisa Goldman and Paul Sirett and was performed for the first time in the UK at Soho Theatre from 28 February – 29 March 2008 with a cast featuring Andrew Tiernan, Andrea Riseborough, Howard Ward, Valerie Lilley, Ishia Bennison, John Rogan and Jason Cheater.[4] Neither Goldman nor Sirett know Polish and based their adaptation on a technical translation and a line by line translation with Dorota Maslowska in London in 2007. An American translation of the play by Benjamin Paloff was commissioned by TR Warszawa in 2007 and has been performed in New York.[5] Dorota Maslowska October 2015 she was awarded the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.[6]


  • 2002: Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną. Warsaw: Lampa i Iskra Boża, ISBN 83-86735-87-2 (UK edition: White and Red, Atlantic Books, ISBN 1-84354-423-7; US edition: Snow White and Russian Red, Grove Press, ISBN 0-8021-7001-3)
  • 2005: Paw królowej. Warsaw: Lampa i Iskra Boża, ISBN 83-89603-20-9 (no English translation announced yet)
  • 2006: Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku. Warsaw: Lampa i Iskra Boża, ISBN 83-89603-41-1. Translated into English as A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, by Lisa Goldman and Paul Sirett, Oberon Books Ltd (29 Feb 2008), ISBN 1-84002-846-7, ISBN 978-1-84002-846-1. Staged at Soho Theatre, London, between 28 February – 29 March 2008.
  • 2008: Między nami dobrze jest, drama
  • 2010: Schneeweiß und Russenrot, drama
  • 2012: Kochanie, zabiłam nasze koty ("Honey, I Killed Our Cats"), novel
  • 2018: Inni ludzie, novel


  1. ^ "Dorota Masłowska: Polish Literary Sensation". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Dorota Masłowska". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Warschau ist das Kreuzberg Europas". Die Zeit, 23 April 2009, Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  4. ^ "A Couple Of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians, Soho Theatre, London". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Poland's artists now speak to the world". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Wręczenie medali "Zasłużony Kulturze – Gloria Artis"". 21 October 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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