Andrzej Stasiuk

    is a Polish novelist, travel writer and essayist. In the 1980s he joined the pacifist movement and after deserting from the army spent a year and a half in a communist prison. In 1987 he left the capital Warsaw and settled in the Beskid Mountains near the Polish-Slovak border, where he founded Czarne, currently one of the leading Polish publishing houses featuring contemporary Polish as well as Central European authors. His works of fiction in English translation include the novels Nine and White Raven, the collection of short stories Tales from Galicia. His travel writing includes Fado and On the Road to Badabag. His most recent books, not yet translated into English, are Taksim and Dziennik pisany później (A Diary Written in Retrospect). For further information (in Polish only) see his website http://www.stasiuk.pl/