Meet the Cult Author

Pawel Huelle, Antonia Lloyd-Jones

07/03/2010 2:15 pm

Pawel Huelle has a cult following both in Poland and internationally. A novelist, playwright and newspaper columnist, he worked for Solidarity, was a university lecturer in philosophy and head of Gdansk’s local television channel.

He spoke to Maureen Freely about his life and work, including the novel that launched his career, Who Was David Weiser?, the story of an enigmatic Jewish boy set in Huelle’s native city of Gdansk.

Pawel Huelle

Pawel Huelle is a novelist, playwright and newspaper columnist. His novels David Weiser, Mercedes-Benz, Castorp and The Last Supper have been translated into many languages.

Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a translator of Polish literature, particularly Pawe Huelle’s novels and stories, including The Last Supper, for which she won the Found in Translation Award 2008.

Maureen Freely

Maureen Freely was born in the US but grew up in Istanbul, where her family still lives. She was educated at Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and has spent most of her adult life in England. A professor at the University of Warwick, and currently the chair of the Translators Association, she has translated five books by the Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk. Her sixth novel,Enlightenment (her third novel to be set in Istanbul) was published by Marion Boyars in 2007.