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Paweł Huelle

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Paweł Huelle

Paweł Marek Huelle (10 September 1957 – 27 November 2023)[1] was a Polish author, critic, journalist and university lecturer. He was born in Gdańsk, Poland.[2]

Career[change | change source]

Huelle studied philology (language) at Gdańsk University. After that, he was the press secretary for Solidarity (Solidarnosc).[2] He also taught various subjects at schools in Gdansk at the same time.[3] Later he worked as the director of the Gdańsk Polish Television Center.[3]

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.[3] "Once one begins reading Weiser Dawidek, the book can hardly be put down. Like Opowiadania, it is written with undeniably great talent."[4] Huelle was the Polish winner of the Samuel-Bogumil-Linde-Preis for 2005.[3]

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."[2] Huelle has also published several short stories[5]

He died in Gdańsk aged 66 on 27 November 2023.[6]

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. "Paweł Huelle nie żyje. Pisarz miał 66 lat". wyborcza.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 27 November 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski (2 September 2007). "Interview: Why cult Polish author Pawel Huelle thinks he's a camel". The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "2005 Winners". Samuel-Bogumil-Linde-Preis. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  4. Jerzy J. Maciuszko, 'Reviewed Work: Weiser Dawidek by Paweɫ Huelle', World Literature Today, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring, 1993), p. 407
  5. Harold B. Segel, The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945 (New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2003), p. 229
  6. Beata Zatońska (27 November 2023). "Paweł Huelle nie żyje. Autor "Weisera Dawidka" miał 66 lat". dziennik.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 27 November 2023.

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