Chasing the King of Hearts

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About the Author

Hanna Krall was born in 1935 in Poland and survived the Second World War hiding in a cupboard. She began her writing career as a prize-winning journalist. Since the early 80s she has worked as a novelist. She has received numerous Polish and international awards, such as the underground Solidarity Prize, Polish PEN Club Prize and the German Wurth Preis for European Literature 2012. Translated into seventeen languages, her work has gained widespread recognition. In 2007, Krol kier znow na wylocie (Chasing the King of Hearts) was shortlisted for the Angelus Central European Literary Award.

Philip Boehm, born 1958, is an American playwright, theatre director and literary translator. Born in Texas, he was educated at Wesleyan University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the State Academy of Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Boehm is the founder of the Upstream Theater in St. Louis, which has become known for its productions of foreign plays. Boehm has translated more than twenty literary works from German and Polish. He has won numerous prizes for his translations, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, as well as various awards from the American Translators Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN America, the Austrian Ministry of Culture, and the Texas Institute of Letters.

Born in 1966, Mariusz Szczygiel has been a reporter for Gazeta Wyborcza since 1990. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his writing on Poland and Czechoslovakia, including the Europe Book Prize and the Prix l'Amphi for his book Gottland, which was published in the US in 2014. From 1995-2001, he hosted his own talk show ("Na kazdy temat", "On Any Topic"). Together with Wojciech Tochman and Pawel Gozlinski, he runs the Polish Reportage Institute in Warsaw.


Winner of the 2018 PEN Translation Prize

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2017

"The prose never once seems out of the author's control, displaying precisely the serious artistry required to elevate and illuminate such harrowing material."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Krall's unique voice... dominates this detached, surreal, curiously playful tale of a woman of indefatigable resourcefulness trapped between history and her heart. A quirky but exceptional story of infinite love and life-sustaining commitment." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Hanna Krall brings Izolda R. to life through dry, factual, rhythmic prose--a litany whose cumulative effect powerfully endears her to readers." --Slavenka Drakulic, author of S.: A Novel about the Balkans

"A stirring and powerful document that, while marvelously concise, stands at the crossroads of the horrible history of humanity in the twentieth century." --Eric Alterman, author of What Liberal Media?

"We are sucked in by the devastating charm of Krall's art... Chasing the King of Hearts is not only a love story and a Holocaust novel. Its deep and intimate inquiry is the mystery of personality - in other words, spiritual survival in a fateless universe... Quirky and powerful treatments of the Holocaust exist in recent literature and film, but Krall's joyous and wise [protagonist] gets under your skin in ways both subversive and uplifting. Thanks to... Philip Boehm's glorious translation, you now have in your hands a masterpiece." --The Guardian

"This strange unsettling a remarkable find... The style is bluntly simple, like the affectless telling of a fable. The reader is held at a distance by a tone that is so studiedly neutral as to be almost jaunty, yet because it is relating the most appalling atrocities it becomes the more affecting." --The Sunday Times

"An arresting style that rises in remarkable fashion to the challenge such a history poses to any narrator, combining steely lyricism with a thriller's tension." --The Independent