Paweł Huelle

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Paweł Huelle

Paweł Huelle (pronunciation: "For the record it's pronounced Hyoola – like the hoop, but with a Y. Pawel's easier: it almost rhymes with gravel."[1] Huelle is a Polish author, critic, journalist and university lecturer. He was born in Gdańsk, Poland on September 10, 1957.

Career[change | change source]

Huelle studied philology (language) at Gdańsk University. After that, he was the press secretary for Solidarity (Solidarnosc).[1] He also taught various subjects at schools in Gdansk at the same time.[2] Later he worked as the director of the Gdańsk Polish Television Center.[2]

His first novel was Weiser Dawidek. It was published in 1987. It made him famous in Poland. It is about five young friends in Gdańsk. Polish literary critics called it a masterpiece and the most important Polish literary work of the decade.[2] "Once one begins reading Weiser Dawidek, the book can hardly be put down. Like Opowiadania, it is written with undeniably great talent."[3] Huelle was the Polish winner of the Samuel-Bogumil-Linde-Preis for 2005.[2]

Most of Huelle's stories are set in Gdańsk. He says that city is "full of all kinds of ghosts. I'm not saying it's beautiful or wonderful in any way – but it's strange."[1] Huelle has also published several short stories[4]

Publications[change | change source]

  • Weiser Dawidek (1987),
  • Opowiadania na czas przeprowadzki (1991),
  • Wiersze (1994),
  • Pierwsza miłość i inne opowiadania (1996),
  • Inne historie (1999),
  • Mercedes-Benz. Z listów do Hrabala (2001),
  • Byłem samotny i szczęśliwy (2002),
  • Castorp (2004),
  • Ostatnia Wieczerza (2007),
  • Opowieści chłodnego morza (2008),
  • Śpiewaj ogrody (2014).

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski (2 September 2007). "Interview: Why cult Polish author Pawel Huelle thinks he's a camel". The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "2005 Winners". Samuel-Bogumil-Linde-Preis. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. Jerzy J. Maciuszko, 'Reviewed Work: Weiser Dawidek by Paweɫ Huelle', World Literature Today, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring, 1993), p. 407
  4. Harold B. Segel, The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945 (New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2003), p. 229

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