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Magdalena Parys

Magdalena Parys, photography by Beata Demska
 

Magdalena Parys-Liskowski was born on 29th June 1971 in Gdańsk. At the age of 13 she left for West Berlin with her family. Changing her place of residence was not easy and caused longing for home, family and friends.

Magdalena Parys-Liskowski graduated from Humboldt University, faculty of Polish Philology and Pedagogy. Her emigration experience as a teenager strongly influenced her literary works. In her books, she constantly writes about the history of Poland and Germany, as well as complex relations between the two nations.

Magdalena has never decided to stay in Poland for good. Today, she feels a Berliner. She has changed her flat in Berlin as many as 36 times.


Interview by Iwona Demska on 8th December 2014 in Gdańsk.

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Departure day
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Foreign city
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Longing and dreams
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On the trips behind the Berlin Wall
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The fall of the Berlin Wall
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This is the East and that is the West
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Coming to like Poland
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Writing about emigrants
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