Autumn is the perfect time for reading books. In this article I will present you with four titles, which stand out because of unique and great story lines. They are perfect companions for long, autumn/winter evenings. Let’s get started!

1. Andrzej Sapkowski – The Witcher series

I’m sure you’ve already heard about the popular computer games with the same title. Not everyone knows that the characters and plot are based on a fantasy book series, written by Andrzej Sapkowski. Books have had a significant influence on Polish fantasy literature. It’s a gripping and action-packed story, full of elves, magic and timeless life truths. Geralt, our main character is a monster hunter. He deals with killing dangerous and bloodthirsty creatures. Do you have a striga in the basement? Call the Witcher! You will probably go bankrupt for the services he offers, but at least nothing will eat you in your sleep…

2. Stefan Grabiński – The Wandering Train and other short stories

Grabiński was acclaimed as the Polish Edgar Allan Poe. If you are even a little bit curious why, I recommend reading his stories, especially railway legends. The author invites you to a fantastic journey into the dark corners of human consciousness and he can scare the pants off of you! Together with characters, you will not only visit a mysterious train station, which does not figure on any map, but also experience a ride inside a ghost train. If you hear the footsteps of bare feet in the hall, beware! This may be the Sloven – a ghost who always prophesies an upcoming catastrophe … If you like thrilling and classic Gothic novels, be sure to reach for his stories!

 

3. Olga Tokarczuk – Primeval and Other Times

Tokarczuk is undoubtedly one of the most influential authors of Polish literature. She is the first Polish writer to win the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. This particular title presents a life of small community inhabiting the Polish countryside, where happiness and temporary peace are intertwined with pain and death. Each element of the story (name of the river, character or place) has some hidden symbolism. If you are searching for an ambitious read, full of philosophical reflections, it’s a perfect choice.

 

4. Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

Last but not least! You can believe me or not, but the author of the famous dark story was a Pole. In his book Joseph Conrad describes the frightening reality, connected with the difficult subject of colonialism. Despite the passage of time, the title still remains valid – it describes human’s downfall, blindness by the lust of profit, lack of tolerance, racism and cruelty towards the defenseless. The book is sometimes difficult and overwhelming, but it forces reflection.