2013 Stork Press new titles – English PEN Atlas

We’re terribly delighted to have our forthcoming authors and books featured on PEN Atlas website – Publishers’ highlights 2013: Part 2. And do have a look at others as well as there are some really great books scheduled for 2013.


This year we’re trying something new, with our 2013 country focus on Poland. We are also launching our new Stork Crime line so it will be an exciting time for us.

In March we’re publishing Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs (translated by Barbara Bogoczek, edited and introduced by Tony Howard). Różewicz is widely seen as the greatest living Polish writer. His memoir Mother Departs is a unique mix of prose and poetry, of the joy of life and the agony of loss, a portrait of the author’s mother Stefania and of her indelible influence on her family. No collection of Różewicz’s prose has ever been published in English so we’re deeply honoured to be releasing his latest masterpiece.

In April our Stork Crime line kicks off with Mariusz Czubaj’s 21:37 (translated by Anna Hyde). When we first read this book, it was Czubaj’s hero Rudolf Heinz that convinced us that we wanted to publish his story. Heinz is at once a successful criminologist renowned for his skill at profiling serial killers, and a deeply flawed and extremely human hero. It’s an electrifying, twisted story kicking off with the discovery of the mutilated bodies of two young priests, and bringing Heinz head-to-head with a killer who likes to play games.

Joanna Jodełka’s debut novel Polychrome (translated by Danusia Stok), publishing in June, will be our second crime novel of the year, but makes for a lighter read than21:37.  Two bodies are found, one of an art restorer, the other of man who runs a homeless shelter. Maciej Bartol is on the case, but, as usual, his mother is not too happy.

A real treat comes in November with our final publication of the year, award winning journalist Witold Szabłowski’s The Assassin from Apricot City (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones). Szabłowski makes his way to the most remote Turkish villages and towns to meet young girls who run away from honour killings, wives forced by their husbands into prostitution, immigrants from Africa who dream of a better life, and Kurdish journalists and freedom fighters. It’s a multi-voiced and mesmerising portrait of contemporary Turkey, which lingers in the mind long after you finish reading.