Janusz Głowacki


Janusz Glowacki, a polish guest of the 19th. International Book Festival in Budapest.

Saturday 21 April 2012, 5:45 pm

Millenáris, Márai Room

Budapest, II. Kis Rókus u. 16-20.

foto: Hanna Prus


One of the main characters of Głowacki's novel is Jerzy Kosiński, an American writer of Polish origin whose distinguished international career was cut short by a major scandal, humiliation and suicide. Did it have to come to such an end? Was it a question of fate or coincidence?
On the pretext of writing a screenplay about "Jersey", Janusz Głowacki leads the reader through a world in which truth and mystification, New York sex clubs and the Holocaust, tragedy and grotesque walk arm in arm…

The novel searches for an answer to a question who Jerzy Kosiński truly was: a Polish Jew who made a successful career in the USA? A controversial man who relentlessly modified his autobiography? A man tormented by the trauma of the Holocaust? A frequent purveyor of sadomasochist clubs? A man suspected of fraud with regard to his authorship of the acclaimed novel The Painted Bird? Or was he someone else altogether?



JANUSZ GLOWACKI - playwright, novelist, screenwriter, short story writer and essayist, is the author of plays, books, screenplays and  radio plays.

Four of his movie scripts were produced in Poland, one directed by Oscar winning Andrzej Wajda, who is now shooting the film „WAŁĘSA”, also based on Glowacki’s script.  In 1999 his screenplay, HAIRDO, won the Tony Cox Screenwriting Award.

His plays (among others:  „The Forth Sister”, „Cinders”, „Hunting Cockroaches”, „Antigone in York” )are staged in the theatres all over the world.

Glowacki was awarded the Jurzykowski Foundation Award , the National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, Drama League of New York Playwriting Award and Czeslaw Milosz Award.

His last two novels: the authobiografical „Z głowy” and „Good night Dżerzi” become bestsellers and the rights has been sold to France,  Hungary, Israel, Russia.