Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈandʐɛj sapˈkɔfskʲi]; born 21 June 1948) is a Polish fantasy writer. He is best known for his book series, The Witcher. His books have been translated into about 20 languages.[1]

Andrzej Sapkowski
Sapkowski at Lucca Comics and Games 2015
Sapkowski at Lucca Comics and Games 2015
Born21 June 1948 (age 70)
Łódź, Poland
GenreFantasy, history
Notable worksThe Witcher saga
The Hussite Trilogy
Notable awardsJanusz A. Zajdel Award
Paszport Polityki
Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis
World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement
David Gemmell Legend Award
Ignotus Award
European Science Fiction Society Award

Andrzej Sapkowski signature


Polish sci fi fantasy books
Sapkowski novels on display occupying two shelves at an Empik bookstore in Katowice, Poland

In an interview he said that being a businessman at the time and thus familiar with marketing, he knew how to sell, and indeed, he won the 3rd prize.[2] The story was published in Fantastyka in 1986 and was enormously successful both with readers and critics. Sapkowski has created a cycle of tales based on the world of "The Witcher", comprising three collections of short stories and five novels. This cycle and his many other works have made him one of the best-known fantasy authors in Poland in the 1990s.[3]

The main character of "The Witcher" is Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter trained for this since childhood. Geralt exists in a morally ambiguous universe, yet manages to maintain his own coherent code of ethics. At the same time cynical and noble, Geralt has been compared to Raymond Chandler's signature character Philip Marlowe.[3] The world in which these adventures take place is heavily influenced by Slavic mythology.[4]

Translations of his books and other derivative works

Sapkowski's books have been translated into Czech, Georgian, Hungarian, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Finnish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Serbian, English, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Estonian, Romanian and Swedish. An English translation of The Last Wish short story collection was published by Gollancz in 2007.[5] From 2008, the Witcher saga is published by Gollancz.[6] The English translation of Sapkowski's novel Blood of Elves won the David Gemmell Legend Award in 2009.[7][8]

In 2001, a television series based on the Witcher cycle was released in Poland and internationally, entitled Wiedźmin (The Hexer). A film by the same title was compiled from excerpts of the television series but both have been critical and box office failures.

The Polish game developer, CD Projekt Red, created a role-playing game series based on The Witcher universe. The first game, titled simply The Witcher, was first released in October 2007.[9] The sequel, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings was released in 2011.[10] The third and final game in the trilogy, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was released in May 2015.[11]

In May 2017, The Witcher was picked up by Netflix to be adapted as a television series. Sapkowski will serve as a creative consultant on the project.[12]

Awards and recognition

Sapkowski is a recipient of numerous awards from Polish fandom. Sapkowski has won five Zajdel Awards, including three for short stories "Mniejsze zło" ("Lesser Evil") (1990), "Miecz przeznaczenia" ("Sword of Destiny") (1992) and "W leju po bombie" ("In a Bomb Crater") (1993), and two for the novels, Krew elfów (Blood of Elves) (1994) and Narrenturm (2002). He also won the Spanish Ignotus Award, best anthology, for The Last Wish in 2003, and for Muzykanci (The Musicians), best foreign short story, same year. In 2003 he was nominated for one of Poland's most prestigious literary prizes Nike Award for his novel Narrenturm. He also received several Russian fandom awards.[13]

Since 2008 he has been an honorary citizen of the city of Łódź.

In 2005 Stanisław Bereś conducted a lengthy interview with Sapkowski that was eventually published in a book form as Historia i fantastyka.[21]


The Witcher Saga

Short story collections

  • The Witcher (Wiedźmin, 1990), 5 stories (4 were reprinted in The Last Wish, one in Something ends, Something begins).
  • Sword of Destiny (Miecz przeznaczenia, 1992), 6 stories. English edition: 2015 [22]
  • The Last Wish (Ostatnie życzenie, 1993), 7 stories. English edition: 2007 (in US: 2008).
  • The short story "Spellmaker" in A Polish Book of Monsters (edited and translated by Michael Kandel, 2010) is another translation of the short story "The Witcher" from The Witcher .[23]
  • Something ends, Something begins (Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna, 2000), 8 stories (only two are related to The Witcher saga).
  • Maladie and other stories (Maladie i inne opowiadania, 2012), 10 stories (only two are related to The Witcher saga).


Standalone novel

  • Season of Storms (Sezon burz, 2013). English edition: 22 May 2018 – set between the short stories in The Last Wish.[27]

Hussite Trilogy

Other novels

Other works

  • The Eye of Yrrhedes (Oko Yrrhedesa, 1995), roleplaying game.
  • The World of King Arthur. Maladie (Świat króla Artura. Maladie, 1995), essay and an illustrated short story set in Arthurian mythology.
  • Manuscript Discovered in a Dragon's Cave (Rękopis znaleziony w Smoczej Jaskini, 2001), fantasy encyclopedic compendium.

See also


  1. ^ "Andrzej Sapkowski - Biografia".
  2. ^ НО МЫ ЖЕ СЛАВЯНЕ! РАЗГОВОР С АНДЖЕЕМ САПКОВСКИМ, An interview with Sapkowski for Russian monthly magazine "World of Fatnastics"
  3. ^ a b (in Polish) Marek Oramus Jedynie słuszny wizerunek wiedźmina, Polityka – nr 36 (2261) from 2000-09-02; pp. 52–54
  4. ^ The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski , fantasybookreview
  5. ^ "The Last Wish Cover Reveal. . . of sorts!". Gollancz blog.
  6. ^ "Blood of elves".
  7. ^ "The final 2008 longlist for the David Gemmell Legends Award". 1 January 2009. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  8. ^ Alison Flood, Gemmell prize for fantasy goes to Polish novel, Blood of Elves, Guardian, Friday 19 June 2009
  9. ^ "The Witcher Official Website – Official Release Date!". Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007.
  10. ^ Robinson, Andy (16 January 2010). "Witcher 2 release date confirmed". CVG. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  11. ^ Karmali, Luke (8 December 2014). "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt release date delayed again". IGN. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Анджей Сапковский".
  14. ^ "World Fantasy Awards 2016"
  15. ^ "Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski wręczył medale „Zasłużony Kulturze - Gloria Artis”", April 14, 2014
  16. ^ Gloria Artis award database, award dated by October 10, 2012
  17. ^ ESFS Awards 2010-2015
  18. ^ Flood, Alison (19 June 2009). "Gemmell prize for fantasy goes to Polish novel, Blood of Elves". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Andrzej Sapkowski - biography". October 2010.
  20. ^ ESFS Awards 1990-1999
  21. ^ Orliński, Wojciech (26 October 2005). "Historia i fantastyka, Bereś, Stanisław; Sapkowski, Andrzej". (in Polish). Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Sword of Destiny".
  23. ^ "A Polish Book of Monsters: Five Dark Tales from Contemporary Poland".
  24. ^ Amazon page
  25. ^ "ISBN Unavailable". Orion Publishing Group.
  26. ^ a b "Gollancz Acquire Three More Witcher Novels". Gollancz blog.
  27. ^ Aleksandra Ksann. "Sezon Burz - Wiedźmin - Andrzej Sapkowski - Serwis o filmach, książkach, grach i technologiach". Archived from the original on 13 March 2014.

External links

Baptism of Fire (disambiguation)

Baptism of fire is a Christian concept.

Baptism of Fire may also refer to:

Baptism of Fire, a 1943 documentary film starring Elisha Cook Jr.

Baptism of Fire (novel), a 1996 novel by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski

Baptism of Fire: The Second Battle of Ypres and the Forging of Canada, April 1915, a 2007 book by Nathan M. Greenfield

Baptism of Fire (novel)

Baptism of Fire (Polish original title: Chrzest ognia) is the third novel in the Witcher Saga written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, first published in 1996 in Polish and in English in 2014. It is a sequel to the second Witcher novel Time of Contempt (Czas pogardy) and is followed by The Tower of Swallows (Wieża Jaskółki).

Boży bojownicy

Boży bojownicy (Warriors of God) is a historical novel with fantasy elements, written by Andrzej Sapkowski. It is the sequel to Narrenturm in the Hussite Trilogy. Its events take place in Bohemia and Silesia, during the time of Hussite Wars.

Family saga

The family saga is a genre of literature which chronicles the lives and doings of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of time. In novels (or sometimes sequences of novels) with a serious intent, this is often a thematic device used to portray particular historical events, changes of social circumstances, or the ebb and flow of fortunes from a multitude of perspectives.

The word saga meaning saying, comes from the Icelandic language and refers to Old Norse and Icelandic family stories.

The typical family saga follows generations of a family through a period of history in a series of novels. A number of subgenres of the form exist such as the AGA saga.

Successful writers of popular family sagas include Susan Howatch, R. F. Delderfield and Philippa Carr.

Examples of family sagas of literary note include:

The Sagas of Icelanders - the medieval Icelandic family sagas whence the word 'saga' is derived;

Dream of the Red Chamber - one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature, it chronicles the rise and decline of the Jia family;

Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset;

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh;

Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann;

The Covenant, by James A. Michener;

Dune, by Frank Herbert;

The Tower and the Hive series by Anne McCaffrey, set in the universe of the "Pegasus" trilogy;

the Shannara cycle, by Terry Brooks;

A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, by Henry Williamson;

The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy;

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende;

The Jalna books, by Mazo de la Roche;

The Kent Family Chronicles and The Crown Family Saga, by John Jakes;

Strangers and Brothers, by C. P. Snow;

The Immigrants, by Howard Fast;

The Mallens, by Catherine Cookson;

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez

Time and the Wind, by Erico Verissimo

The Palaeologian Dynasty. The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, by George Leonardos;

Roots, by Alex Haley;

The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough;

Holes, a novel by Louis Sachar;

The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolò, Renaissance-set novel series by Dorothy Dunnett;

Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald;

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides;

White Teeth, by Zadie Smith;

The Witcher, by Andrzej Sapkowski;

Captains and the Kings, by Taylor Cadwell;

Evergreen, by Belva Plain;

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold;

The Emberverse series, by S. M. Stirling

Roma, by Steven Saylor

Geralt of Rivia

Geralt of Rivia (Polish: Geralt z Rivii) is a fictional character, the protagonist of The Witcher series of short stories and novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, as well as its adaptations, which include film, TV series, comic books and video games. Geralt, one of the few remaining witchers on the Continent, is a traveling monster slayer for hire, mutated and trained from an early age to slay deadly beasts.

Geralt was portrayed by Michał Żebrowski in The Hexer film and TV series, and will be portrayed by Henry Cavill in the Netflix television adaptation.

Historia i fantastyka

Historia i fantastyka (lit. The History and The Fantasy) is a book-length interview of Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski conducted and published in book format by Stanisław Bereś in 2005.The book has been compared to a prior book-lengh interview Bereś carried out with Polish science fiction writer Stanisław Lem in the 1980s (expanded 2002 edition: Thus Spoke... Lem, Polish title Tako rzecze... Lem). Wojciech Orliński in his review of Historia i fantastyka notes that it allows a comparison on how Polish science fiction and fantasy has changed over those two decades.In the book, Sapkowski and Bereś discuss not only Sapkowski's works and inspirations, but his views on politics, military and pacifism, religion and society, relations of history and fantasy, as well as Sapkowski's views on literature.

Hussite Trilogy

The Hussite Trilogy is a historical fantasy by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. It consists of three books, Narrenturm (The Tower of Fools), Boży bojownicy (Warriors of God) and Lux perpetua (Ceaseless Light). It is set in the Lands of the Bohemian Crown (mostly Silesia and Bohemia) during the Hussite Wars (1419–1434). The protagonist is Reynevan, a doctor and magician.When asked about the creation of the trilogy, Sapkowski explained that he considered The Witcher saga of Geralt well-rounded and did not want to write any sequels. Therefore, he decided to write something completely different and chose the subgenre of historical fantasy to this end. Further, he chose the setting of Bohemia and the Hussite Wars because, as he said, he frequently visited that area, and since the Hussite Wars is an important period in these lands, there are plenty of books on the subject. Also, the Hussite Wars are closely related to the Polish history of the period.

Janusz A. Zajdel Award

The Janusz A. Zajdel Award (Nagroda imienia Janusza A. Zajdla), often called just Zajdel,

is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom for the best stories published in the previous year. The winners are chosen in a vote by fans present at the Polcon convention from up to five nominations in each of two categories:

Novel: works longer than 100 standard pages (of 1800 characters),

Short story: shorter works.Instant-runoff voting with "No award" as one of the choices is the method used.

Vote counts are not announced.

Lew Rywin

Lew Rywin (born 10 November 1945 in a Nizhnyeye Alkeyevo, USSR) is a Polish film producer associated with Heritage Films (est. 1991). He has also been a member of the Polish Radio and TV committee and worked in an agency, Poltel, producing for Polish state-run TV.He participated in producing such films as Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Roman Polański's The Pianist, Jan Jakub Kolski's Pornografia and Marek Brodzki's The Hexer, based on The Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski. His last film was never produced. It was about the life of Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat (with producers Harris Salomon and Abi Sirokh). The film was titled Love is a Survivor and was later changed to The Flower of the Fence. Altogether, he has served in a producer role in the making of 27 movies.

Lux perpetua

Lux perpetua

is a historical novel with fantasy elements, written by Andrzej Sapkowski, the last part of the Hussite Trilogy. Its events take place in Bohemia, Silesia and Poland, during the time of Hussite Wars. Its action takes place from 1429 until the Battle of Lipany (fall of the Taborites).

Narrenturm (novel)

Narrenturm is a 2002 novel written by the Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, parth of the Hussite Trilogy. It tells the story of Reinmar of Bielawa, also called Reynevan von Bielau. The action takes place in Silesia in 1425, at the time of the Hussite Wars.

The setting is mostly historical, with some historical characters and descriptions of particular locations. Fantasy elements include occasional magical feats, artifacts, and non-human characters. The German word Narrenturm means The Tower of Fools, a tower in which, in Middle Ages, people suffering from rare and mental diseases were isolated.

Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny is a voice-over artist actor, singer and designer living in South West London. Raised on Merseyside he gained a BA(Hons) in Drama from the University of Hull.

Season of Storms

Season of Storms (Polish original title: Sezon burz) is the sixth novel and eighth overall book in the Witcher series written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, first published in Poland in 2013. It is not a sequel to the original Witcher Saga, but rather is set between the short stories in the first book in the series, The Last Wish.

Fox Children, the second installment of The Witcher comic book series published by Dark Horse Comics, is based on one of the chapters of Season of Storms. The book, with translations by David French, was published in May 2018 in hardcover format in the US and paperback format by UK Orbit (US) and Gollancz (UK). It is also available in both territories as an e-book and audiobook.

Sword of Destiny

Sword of Destiny (Polish original title: Miecz przeznaczenia), is the second (in its fictional chronology; first in Polish print) of the two collections of short stories (the other being The Last Wish), both preceding the main Witcher Saga. The stories were written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The first Polish edition was published in 1992; the English edition was published in the UK by Gollancz in 2015.

The Hexer (TV series)

Wiedźmin (The Hexer or The Witcher in English) is a 2002 fantasy television series. 13 episodes were made.

The story is based on the stories of The Witcher fantasy series (The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny collections), by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

The Tower of the Swallow

The Tower of the Swallow, known as The Tower of Swallows in the United States (Polish original title: Wieża Jaskółki) is the fourth novel in the Witcher Saga written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, first published in Poland in 1997. It is a sequel to the third Witcher novel Baptism of Fire (Chrzest ognia) and is followed by the final entry in the series, The Lady of the Lake (Pani Jeziora).

The Witcher

The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin, Polish pronunciation: [ˈvʲɛd͡ʑmʲin]), by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, is a fantasy series of short stories and novels about the witcher Geralt of Rivia. In Sapkowski's books, "witchers" are monster hunters who (with training and body modification) develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly beasts. The books have been adapted into a film, a television series, video games, and a graphic novel series. The series of novels is known as the Witcher Saga. The short stories and novels have been translated into numerous languages, including English.

The books have been described as having a cult following in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria and other Central and Eastern European countries.The video games have been very successful, and as of March 2018, they have sold over 33 million copies worldwide.

The Witcher (TV series)

The Witcher is an upcoming fantasy drama TV series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series will air in 2019.


In Slavic mythology, a Vědmák (Russian: Ведьмак; Czech: Vědmák; Bulgarian: Вещер; Ukrainian: Відьмак, Vidmak, Belarusian: вядзьмак, вядзьмар, Polish: wiedźmak Serbian: Вештац) is a warlock or male witch, the female equivalent (witch) being vědma, but unlike the latter, the vedmak may also possess positive qualities.

For example, they treat people and animals. On the other hand, they are thought to be people connected to the devil, and are capable of bringing harm by sending illnesses, killing cattle, spoiling a harvest, etc. The word was also used as an insult.

A vedmak can turn into any animal or any object.The term Vedmak comes from Proto-Slavic *vědět ("to know") and Old East Slavic вѣдь ("knowledge; witchcraft", compare the use of the term "cunning" in English folklore).Under the influence of The Witcher fantasy saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, the term vedmak can be translated as "witcher" in English.

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
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