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57 popular polish books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Europe Challenge" were written by authors from Poland. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
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Soon to be a major Netflix original series! A deadly coup within the Wizard's Guild leaves the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, gravely injured, and his ward Ciri missing in the third book of the NYT bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games. The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until ... continue

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Berlin Alexanderplatz : The Story of Franz Biberkopf by Alfred Döblin EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Description:
Alfred Döblin (1878-1957) studied medicine in Berlin and specialized in the treatment of nervous diseases. Along with his experiences as a psychiatrist in the workers' quarter of Berlin, his writing was inspired by the work of Holderlin, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and was first published in the literary magazine, Der Sturm. Associated with the Expressionist literary movement in Germany, he is now recognized as on of the most important modern European novelists. Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of the masterpieces of modern European literature and the first German novel to adopt the technique of Ja... continue

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Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski EN

Rating: 4 (6 votes)
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Description:
Soon to be a major Netflix original series! The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, becomes the guardian of Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution and prophesied savior of the world, in the first novel of the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the Netflix series and the blockbuster video games. For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as the Witcher, ha... continue

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Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall EN

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After the deportation of her husband to Auschwitzm Izolda Ragenberg, alias Maria Pawlicka, has only one aim: to free her husband. Her race to beat fate might appear absurd to others, but not to her. In times of war and destruction she learns to trust herself.

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Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz ES

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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Description:
Within the genre of crime fiction, Gombrowicz explores the angst of human existence


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Dancing Bears : True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny by Witold Szablowski EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
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*As heard on NPR’s All Things Considered* “Utterly original.” —The New York Times Book Review “Mixing bold journalism with bolder allegories, Mr. Szabłowski teaches us with witty persistence that we must desire freedom rather than simply expect it.” —Timothy Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny and The Road to Unfreedom An incisive, humorous, and heartbreaking account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives, by the acclaimed author of How to Feed a Dictator and What’s Cooking in the Kremlin For hundreds of years, Bulgarian Gypsies trained... continue


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Defiance by Nechama Tec EN

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During the Holocaust years, many Jews struggled alone or with others against the terrors of the Nazis, risking their lives against overwhelming odds for the slimmest chance of survival. In Defiance, Nechama Tec offers a riveting history of one such group, a forest community in western Belorussia that would number more than 1,200 Jews by 1944 - including the elderly, women, and children. Tec recounts the astonishing details of how this Jewish partisan unit - hungry, exposed to the harsh winter weather, always on the lookout for German patrols - took on the duel role of fighters and rescuers. Fo... continue

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Der Schwalbenturm by Andrzej Sapkowski DE

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Ciri sucht ihren Schicksalsort, dem legendären Schwalbenturm. Unterdessen will die rivische Königin den Hexer als Kämpfer im Krieg gegen Nilfgaard verpflichten. Es gelingt ihm zwar, sich abzusetzen – doch bei einem Überfall gerät sein Wolfsmedaillon in fremde Hände.


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