Franciszka

Anna Piwkowska
Franciszka
  • Fundacja Zeszytów Literackich, Warsaw 2014
    180 x 200 mm
    180 pp
    ISBN: 978-83-64648-00-7

“Franciszka didn’t want to be Franciszka.” That is the first sentence in this novel, which describes several months in the life of a sensitive, mature teenager, from the day when her mother (the only care-provider she has ever had) is taken to hospital, up to her fourteenth birthday, which she celebrates at a manor house in Niborowo with the unusual grandmother she has only just met. This opening sentence relates to one of the book’s major themes, which is the search for an identity, for one’s real name, and for a path in life. It also involves discovering genealogy, family roots, and other roots too. The reader gradually gets to know the fortunes of three generations of women, grandmother, mother and daughter. Just as large a feature the story as the human characters are poetry and art, which help Franciszka to find herself and to make choices in life. Franciszka can be read as a novel about poetry in thirty-three scenes, which in turn allows us to regard it as a drama with unusual stage design, musical accompaniment, lyrical monologues and dialogues spoken by some expressive central characters. There are lots of potential ways to interpret it.

LITERARY AWARD, BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014