Translation – Poland – W pogoni za życiem

I had been looking for a Polish book for my Project Translating the World for a long, long time. There’s a lot of pressure since it’s the book from the country I live in, and Polish is the language I’m translating for all the time, so I wanted it to be special. But when I found W pogoni za życiem (“The pursuit of life”) by Przemysław Wechterowicz (and illustration by Emilia Dziubak) I knew I had found the winner.

Technical details: 

TitleW pogoni za życiem
AuthorPrzemysław Wechterowicz
IllustratrorEmilia Dziubak
Year of publication2012
Publishing companyAgencja Edytorska Ezop
Original languagePolish
Country of originPoland

Review of the book

This book has raised the bar so high that I’m scared I’m not gonna be able to find another children’s book that warms my heart so much. I have to admit that I’m a 28 year old woman who cried a bit after reading this wonderful work of art. The story is so sensitively written and the characters are so lovable and charming.

Most of the reviews out there say that this book deals with the topic of DEATH – the main character is a mayfly that has just one day to live its full life – but it is actually a metaphor of LIFE. It’s not so much focused on the death of the character but on its life and how to make the most of it. Such a positive message and such an original way to express it. The mayfly wants too see all of New York before the sunset and you bet its gonna have the best day of its life. I cannot stress enough how beautiful the artwork in this book is. I found the book in the bookstore and I didn’t let go of it until many hours later, you just can’t stop looking at it. As it is stated in the cover, this book is definitely not just for children. Loved it so much!

It has such a positive message, it helps to deal with a very sensitive subject and it has action, comedy, drama, everything! I’m in love with the illustrations by the awesome Emilia Dziubak and the printing of the pages is just marvelous: the pages are not plastified and the font is really original. There is absolutely nothing to critizise about this book and that’s why I believe it’s going to be hard to find another book as fulfilling as this one, but hey!, challenge accepted!

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