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Manuela Gretkowska

Manuela Gretkowska, phot. Marek Zawadka/Newsweek Polska_Reporter
 

Manuela Gretkowska was born on 6th October 1964 in Łódź. After winning the philosophical contest in high school she was accepted to study Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. During her studies she wrote to the “brulion”, a cultural quarterly. At the end of the 1980s, she decided to leave Poland with her husband, Cezary Michalski.

In 1988, she emigrated to France where she received the political asylee status which enabled her to stay in France permanently but, at the same time, deprived her of the possibility of getting back to Poland. In Paris she studied anthropology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Two years later she made her literary debut with "My zdies' emigranty" (We Are Immigrants Here), a description of her emigration experiences and pursuit of happiness outside her country wrote from the perspective of a Polish emigrant.

After returning to Poland at the beginning of the 1990s, she joined a group creating the Polish version of “Elle” magazine as the deputy editor-in-chief. In 1997, she left for Sweden with her partner, Piotr Pietucha. Her daughter, Pola, was born in Sweden. Manuela and Piotr came back to Poland after three years. After her second return, Manuela became involved in the political scene establishing a “Poland is a Woman” social movement that afterwards was transformed into the Women’s Party that now operates as “The Feminist Initiative”. She described her political experiences in a book titled “Citizen”.


Interviewed by Iwona Demska on 10th February 2016 at the writer’s home in Ustanów.

interview excerpts
Last asylees
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Definition of emigration
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No attachements
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