Joanna Jodełka on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 19 November
Our Polish author Joanna Jodełka in conversation with Zygmunt Miłoszewski talks to Mark Lawson about Polish crime fiction.
Wednesday, 19 November
Poland (Post-Communism) – Zygmunt Miłoszewski and Joanna Jodełka reflect on how Polish crime fiction has reflected the country’s occupation by both Nazis and Communists, the transition to democracy through the Solidarity movement and lingering accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.
About the author:
Joanna Jodełka was the first woman to win the High Calibre Award for the Best Polish Crime Novel, taking the prize in 2010 for her debut Polychrome (Polichromia, 2009). Her second crime novel, Grzechotka (‘The Rattle’), was published in 2011, followed by her third in 2012.
Polychrome is Jodełka’s first novel translated into English.
(Photo: Magda Adamczewska)
About the book:
Everybody’s life is riddled with secrets…
Maciej Bartol, police detective, casts a large shadow over those around him, although in truth his mother always seems to have the last word. Bartol has been called to investigate two very different death scenes – an art restorer in the most prominent part of Poznań, and a man who runs a homeless shelter. Are the killings linked? What is the meaning of the strange clues left by the killer? Soon the desperate Bartol finds himself asking for help from specialist on Christian symbolism, a woman who isn’t too happy to waste her time on a police investigation…