Jakub Żulczyk

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Jakub Żulczyk
Jakub Żulczyk in 2022
Jakub Żulczyk in 2022
Born (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 40)
Szczytno, Poland
OccupationAuthor, journalist, screenwriter
EducationJagiellonian University
Notable worksInstitute
Blinded by the Lights
The Hill of Dogs

Jakub Żulczyk (born 12 August 1983 in Szczytno) is a Polish writer and journalist who writes for Elle, Machina, Przekrój and Onet.pl. He lives in Warsaw.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He graduated in journalism from the Jagiellonian University. He publishes articles in such literary magazines as Lampa and Machina. He has also worked as a columnist for the Dziennik newspaper as well as Tygodnik Powszechny and Wprost.[2][3]

In 2011, he was a co-host of the Redakcja kultury programme broadcast on TVP2 channel. He also worked as a host together with rapper Sokół of Instytut prosto programme on Roxy Radio.[4]

Żulczyk and Monika Powalisz wrote the script to the popular crime TV series Belfer.

His first book Zrób mi jakąś krzywdę... was published in 2006. He was nominated to the Paszport Polityki Award in 2014 for Ślepnąc od świateł ("Blinded by the Lights")[5][6][7] and to the Literary Award of Warmia and Masuria in 2017. He is the winner of the 2018 Literary Award of the Capital City of Warsaw.[8]

His 2022 novel Informacja zwrotna was adapted into a Netflix television series called Feedback.

Legal case[edit]

On 23 March 2021, Żulczyk was charged under the Polish lèse-majesté law, Article 135 of the Penal Code, for referring to Polish president Andrzej Duda as a "moron" (Polish: debil) in online social media in the context of comments criticising Duda's description of the 2020 United States presidential election victory of Joe Biden.[9][10] Żulczyk risks three years' imprisonment under the law, which the Polish Constitutional Tribunal judged to be constitutionally and internationally valid, arguing that the effective carrying out of the duties of the president requires having authority and being especially respected.[11] On 10 January 2022 the District Court in Warsaw discontinued the proceedings, arguing its decision with "negligible social harmfulness of the act".[12]

See also[edit]


  • 2006 – Zrób mi jakąś krzywdę... czyli wszystkie gry video są o miłości
  • 2008 – Radio Armageddon
  • 2010 – Instytut
  • 2011 – Zmorojewo
  • 2011 – Świątynia
  • 2014 – Ślepnąc od świateł
  • 2017 – Wzgórze psów
  • 2019 – Czarne Słońce
  • 2021 – Informacja zwrotna


  1. ^ "Jakub Żulczyk: Mam za sobą dopiero rok abstynencji..." Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  3. ^ "Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  4. ^ "Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  5. ^ "Literatura. Nominowani: Jakub Żulczyk". Polityka (in Polish). 9 December 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Writing from the Dark Side of Warsaw: An Interview with Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  7. ^ "Celebrating Poland: With Jakub Małecki, Dorota Masłowska & Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  8. ^ "Jakub Żulczyk". Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  9. ^ Gołdyn, Dominik (2021-03-22). "Jakub Żulczyk nazwał Andrzeja Dudę 'debilem'. Znany pisarz oskarżony" [Jakub Żulczyk called Andrzej Duda a 'moron'. The famous author has been charged]. Radio ZET (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  10. ^ "Polish writer charged for calling president a 'moron'". The Guardian. 2021-03-23. Archived from the original on 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  11. ^ "Kara za znieważenie Prezydenta" [Penalty for insulting the President]. Infor PL [pl] (in Polish). 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  12. ^ "Proces Jakuba Żulczyka. Sąd wydał wyrok". Onet.pl (in Polish). 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2022-01-10.

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