Magdalena Tulli

Magdalena Tulli (born Maddalena Flavia Tulli; 20 October 1955 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish novelist and translator, one of Poland's leading writers. Tulli has an Italian father and a Polish-Jewish mother, and grew up partially in Italy. She graduated from high school in 1974 in Warsaw and obtained a Master's degree in biology at the University of Warsaw in 1979. She then worked six months at the Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station. In 1983, she earned a PhD at the Institute of Biology and Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Tulli made her literary debut in 1995 with the prose poem Sny i kamienie. She is a member of the Polish Writers' Association. Her works have been translated into many languages. In 2012, she won the Gdynia Literary Prize for her book Włoskie szpilki ("Italian High Heels"). In the same year, her novel In Red, translated by Bill Johnston, was shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award. She received five nominations for the Nike Award - Poland's most prominent literary prize. Her style has been characterized as postmodern and metafictional. She translated a number of books including Marcel Proust's La Fugitive, Italo Calvino's The Watcher and Fleur Jaeggy's La paura del cielo.


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