Dorota Terakowska

  • Biography

    Prose writer, journalist. A sociology graduate. Her adventure with literary activity started when she was forty-something, after being expelled from the editorial section of Przekrój and Gazeta Krakowska during the martial law period. She debuted with a novel written in 1979, Babci Brygidy szalona podróż po Krakowie (1986), which was supposed to help her give up journalism. Despite this, apart from writing novels for children, teenagers and adults, she also wrote features.

    Biography

    Prose writer, journalist. A sociology graduate. Her adventure with literary activity started when she was forty-something, after being expelled from the editorial section of Przekrój and Gazeta Krakowska during the martial law period. She debuted with a novel written in 1979, Babci Brygidy szalona podróż po Krakowie (1986), which was supposed to help her give up journalism. Despite this, apart from writing novels for children, teenagers and adults, she also wrote features.

    She said in one of her interviews:  “It seems to me that it is no coincidence that I write fairytales and that this genre fascinates me so much. I believe in a peculiar type of ubiquitous magic, in fate, destiny, in the idea that if fate gives something to someone with one hand – for example an idea for a book and the strength to write it – then it takes something else with the other hand. That is why I never write and I do not accept these so called happy endings. I am aware that for every bit of happiness, one must pay, in life or in a fairytale – with a bit of sorrow. There are no joyous and slightly mindless happy endings. And always – I think – the author must emphasise they know that, although the story ends here, life goes on. The best happy ending in my scripts is a question mark: maybe it will work...? And maybe it won’t?”

  • Krakow

    Dorota Terakowska is Krakow. As early as in her teenage years, she was connected with the cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami. For many years, she lived in the Podwawelskie housing estate:  "I come from apartment blocks and I am not ashamed of it, although one singer held a grudge against a journalist who revealed that she lived in a tower block. And I just know that this so called "good address" is a person, not a street." The plot of her novel Władca Lewawu is set in Krakow. [ezp].

    Krakow

    Dorota Terakowska is Krakow. As early as in her teenage years, she was connected with the cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami. For many years, she lived in the Podwawelskie housing estate:  "I come from apartment blocks and I am not ashamed of it, although one singer held a grudge against a journalist who revealed that she lived in a tower block. And I just know that this so called "good address" is a person, not a street." The plot of her novel Władca Lewawu is set in Krakow. [ezp].