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Żanna Słoniowska (Ukrainian: Слоньовська Жанна; born in Lviv, 1978) is a Ukrainian-born Polish novelist and journalist. She was the first winner of the Znak literary prize for her novel The House with the Stained-Glass Window and a Conrad Prize winner.

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Lviv, Ukraine
Notable worksThe House with the Stained-Glass Window



Słoniowska was born in Lviv in 1978, in a family with Polish antecedents. She attended the Ukrainian Academy of Printing, following which she worked as a journalist for the television channel NTA.

In 2002, she moved to Poland. She began doctoral studies in Warsaw's University of Social Sciences and Humanities. After her marriage, she moved to Krakow.[1]

In 2013, she published a historical work The most beautiful photographs of pre-war Lviv, illustrated with fine photographs. The following year, her debut novel The House with the Stained-Glass Window was published.[2]

Her novel won the Znak publishing house's prize for best novel,[3] Conrad prize for new writers,[2][4] as well as being shortlisted for the Nike Award in 2016.[5] A reviewer in Polityka said that "the grandeur of the book is impressive - through a small family saga it depicts the history of Ukraine over the last hundred years".[3] Another called it "a tale saturated with vivid colors, paintings, dreamy moments, ... it is, above all, a moving and insightful saga about women, entangled in history."[6]

Selected worksEdit

  • Przedwojenny Lwów. Najpiękniejsze fotografie [The most beautiful photographs of pre-war Lviv]. RM. 2013. ISBN 978-83-7773-053-9.
  • Dom z witrażem [The House with the Stained-Glass Window]. Translated by Lloyd-Jones, Antonia. MacLehose. 2017. ISBN 978-0857057136.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Żanna Słoniowska: wzrusza mnie polsko-ukraińska solidarność". Onet. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Żanna Słoniowska z Nagrodą Conrada 2016". 31 October 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sobolewska, Justyna (24 February 2015). "Recenzja książki: Żanna Słoniowska, "Dom z witrażem"". Polityka. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Żanna Słoniowska wins the Conrad Award!". Conrad Festival. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Nominacje do nagrody Nike 2016". 19 May 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ Szulc, Anna (16 March 2015). "Przypadki chodzą po Lwowie, czyli "Dom z witrażem" Słoniowskiej". Newsweek Polska. Retrieved 20 August 2017.