Things I Didn't Throw Out
Winner of the Nike Literary Prize 2018
Winner of the Polityka Passport 2017
Winner of the Witold Gombrowicz Prize
Shortlisted for the Gdynia Literary Prize
Written in the wake of the death of Wicha’s mother, Joanna, it is an account of Wicha’s uneasy relationship with and his grief for her, told through the perspective of the everyday objects she left behind, of books and language. Another layer is his mother’s Jewishness, lived at a time and place where it could only function in allusions.