Różewicz’s Mother Departs nominated for The People’s Book Prize

We are delighted to announce that Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs, translated by Barbara Bogoczek, is nominated for The People’s Book Prize, Summer 2013, in the category of non-fiction.

This is the first time that any book in translation has been accepted for nomination for this prize and we are thrilled Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs has been selected.

The People’s Book Prize is the UK’s annual award in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Founding Patron: Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE. Patron: Frederick Forsyth CBE. The winner is voted exclusively by the public.

Follow this link to vote for Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs.




About the Author:

Tadeusz Różewicz (b. 1921) is Poland’s foremost living writer. Remarkable for his simultaneous mastery of poetry, prose and drama, he has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Tadeusz Różewicz has been translated into over forty languages. The most recent English-language volumes, recycling(2001), New Poems (2007) and Sobbing Superpower (2011), were finalists for the 2003 Popescu Prize (UK), the 2008 National Book Critics Award (USA) and the 2012 Griffin Prize (Canada) respectively. In 2007 he was awarded the European Prize for Literature.

Mother Departs (Matka odchodzi, 1999), exploring the life of his mother Stefania, is perhaps his most personal work. It won the Nike Prize in 2000, Poland’s most prestigious literary award.  He lives in the city of Wrocław, Poland.


Praise for Tadeusz Różewicz’s Mother Departs:

‘One of the great European poets of the twentieth century.’ Seamus Heaney

‘Tadeusz Różewicz is a great anti-poet whose poems have the clipped, intense feel of phrases exchanged in wartime. He sends messages from underground that are like jammed radio signals. Though he would not agree, he has succeeded in writing poetry after Auschwitz.’ Tom Paulin

‘powerful chorus of family memories…astonishing…powerful and poignant.’ James Hopkin, The Independent

‘A touching, often fascinating — and very personal — work.’ M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review


Mother Departs is available in special limited hardback edition, paperback and Kindle edition.