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Andrzej Sapkowski (Polish: [ˈandʐɛj sapˈkɔfskʲi]; born 21 June 1948) is a Polish fantasy writer, essayist, translator and a trained economist. He is best known for his six-volume series of books The Witcher, which revolves around the eponymous "witcher," a monster-hunter, Geralt of Rivia. It began with the publication of Sword of Destiny (1992), and was completed with the publication of standalone prequel novel Season of Storms (2013). The saga has been popularized through television, stage, comic books, video games and translated into 37 languages making him the second most-translated Polish science fiction and fantasy writer after Stanisław Lem.He was born in Łódź and initially pursued a career as an economist after graduating from the University of Łódź. He turned to writing, first as a translator and later as an author of fantasy books, following the success of his first short story The Witcher published in 1986 in the Fantastyka magazine. Described as the "Polish Tolkien", he wrote ten novels and eight short story collections, which sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The influence of Slavic mythology is seen as a characteristic feature of many of his works. He is a five-time recipient of the Zajdel Award, Poland's most popular science fiction and fantasy prize, as well as many other awards and honors including David Gemmell Award, World Fantasy Life Achievement Award and the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. Early life He was born on 21 June 1948 in Łódź, in central Poland. His father served in the Polish People's Army and participated in the Battle of Berlin. After the end of World War II, his parents lived near Nowa Sól before settling in Łódź. He attended the Bolesław Prus High School No. 21. He also studied economics at the University of Łódź, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company. He started his literary career as a translator, in particular, of science fiction. Among the first works translated by him was The Words of Guru by Cyril M. Kornbluth. Career Major works He says he wrote his first short story, The Witcher (1986), ("Wiedźmin", also translated "The Hexer" or "Spellmaker"), on a whim, in order to enter a contest by Polish science fiction and fantasy magazine Fantastyka. 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 third prize. 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 eight novels. This cycle and his other works have made him one of the best-known fantasy authors in Poland in the 1990s.The main character of "The Witcher" is Geralt of Rivia, trained as a monster hunter 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. The world in which these adventures take place is heavily influenced by Slavic mythology.In her review of Blood of Elves, Alice Wybrew of Total Sci-Fi writes that "Moving effortlessly between moments of wrought emotion and staggeringly effective action, to lengthy periods of political discussion and war stratagems, Sapkowski addresses every aspect of a good fantasy novel eloquently and with ease. His style reads as easily as David Gemmel, but hits harder and deeper than his late fantasy comrade. Creating a world that is both familiar and comfortable, it is through his inventive use of character manipulation that he generates a new and realistic experience". Alex Jay of Polygon further observes that within Sapkowski's fantasy tales, "there are parallels to the complicated history of ethnic strife and resistance to oppression in Central and Eastern Europe". The depictions of the disputes between nonhumans and humans "echo real-world disputes over territory and citizenship that draw dividing lines according to race, nationality, or ethnicity".In 2001, he published the Manuscript Discovered in a Dragon's Cave, an original and personal guide to fantasy literature. It was written in the form of an encyclopaedia and the author discusses in it the history of the literary genre, well-known fantasy heroes, descriptions of magic terminology as well as major works of notable writers including J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Robert E. Howard's Conan, C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea, Roger Zelazny's The Chronicles of Amber, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire.Sapkowski's next book series was The Hussite Trilogy set in the 15th century at the time of the Hussite Wars with Reinmar of Bielawa as the main protagonist. Mariusz Czubaj writes: Sapkowski's trilogy is a form of polemics with the Polish tradition of the historical novel, with let's say Kraszewski and Sienkiewicz, who wrote about cruel times while depriving them of that dose of atrocities and a most basic human dimension. Yet the author of The Witcher does not hide that his characters are not exactly subtle, but who nonetheless bask with delight in what the literature theoretician Mikhail Bakhtin once called "the material bodily lower stratum". Although The Hussite Trilogy proved less popular compared to The Witcher, it has been described as the author's "magnum opus". Published between 2002 and 2006, the series was released as an audiobook in 2019.In August 2023, Sapkowski announced he was working on a new novel from The Witcher universe during an on-line meeting with his Ukrainian fans. He added that his work on the book "may take a year, but no longer" giving it a potential expected publication date at some point in 2024. Legal dispute with CD Projekt In October 2018, he filed a lawsuit against CD Projekt demanding 60 million zloty ($16.1 million) in royalty payments from the company for using the Witcher universe in their computer games. The lawsuit was launched despite the fact that Sapkowski had sold the video game rights to the Witcher for a single sum, rather than through a royalties contract. Sapkowski and his lawyers based their lawsuit on Article 44 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act.CD Projekt released a statement claiming that the author's demands are groundless and that the company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Sapkowski's works. His decision was criticized by many commentators and gaming journalists including Dmitry Glukhovsky, the author of Metro 2033, who described him as "an old fool" and noted that without the gaming franchise, the Witcher series "would never get this crazy international readership" and would have remained popular only in Central and Eastern Europe.On 20 December 2019, the writer and the .... Discover the Andrzej Sapkowski popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Andrzej Sapkowski books.

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  • The Witcher, Band 5 - Verblassende Erinnerungen synopsis, comments

    The Witcher, Band 5 - Verblassende Erinnerungen

    Bartosz Sztybor

    Ein brandneuer Einzelband mit dem FantasyHelden aus den erfolgreichen Büchern, den beliebten Games und der populären NetflixSerie! Geralt muss sich über seine berufliche Zukunft, ...

  • Blutnacht synopsis, comments


    John Gwynne

    Das Finale der großen düsteren HighFantasyTrilogie mit nordischen Göttern!Feuer und Blut ergießen sich über das nordische Reich Vigrið. Der Drachengöttin LikRifa ist es gelungen, V...

  • The Witcher Deluxe-Edition, Band 1 synopsis, comments

    The Witcher Deluxe-Edition, Band 1

    Paul Tobin

    Geralt von Riva ist längst eine FantasyIkone. Dieser Band versammelt seine frühsten ComicAbenteuer. In ihnen stellt sich der Antiheld und Monsterjäger aus den Büchern, den Videogam...

  • Chaos Queen - Duskfall synopsis, comments

    Chaos Queen - Duskfall

    Christopher Husberg

    Shortlisted for the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer at the Gemmell Awards 2017Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who ...

  • Nachtengel - Gemini synopsis, comments

    Nachtengel - Gemini

    Brent Weeks

    Was wird der Nachtengel tun, wenn ein unschuldiges Kind eine Bedrohung für die ganze Welt ist? Die Fortsetzung der NightangelSaga.Als Nachtengel ist Kylar Stern der Avatar der Rach...

  • Nordnacht synopsis, comments


    John Gwynne

    The Witcher meets Vikings: Der Auftakt der neuen düsteren HighFantasyTrilogie mit nordischen Göttern!Die Romane von John Gwynne sind nichts für schwache Nerven: In England und in d...

  • The Citadel of Forgotten Myths synopsis, comments

    The Citadel of Forgotten Myths

    Michael Moorcock

    Elric along with his companion Moonglum return, in this prequel set within the early days of Elric’s wanderings, in order to investigate the history of Melniboné and its dragons, k...

  • The Malady and Other Stories synopsis, comments

    The Malady and Other Stories

    Andrzej Sapkowski, Wiesiek Powaga, Danusia Stok & David French

    The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The WitcherA sample of offerings from international fantasy superstar Andrzej Sapkowski, and t...

  • The Witcher, Band 1 - Im Glashaus synopsis, comments

    The Witcher, Band 1 - Im Glashaus

    Paul Tobin

    Eine neue Geschichte mit dem Antihelden aus den WitcherVideogames und den Büchern von Andrzej Sapkowski! Geralt von Riva ist als Monsterjäger berüchtigt. Doch in einem labyrinthisc...

  • The Witcher Deluxe-Edition, Band 2 synopsis, comments

    The Witcher Deluxe-Edition, Band 2

    Aleksandra Motyka & Bartosz Szybor

    Ein WitcherSammelband mit stimmungsvollen FantasyGeschichten über den populären Antihelden aus Büchern, Games und der NetflixSerie, die es nur in ComicForm gibt! Während sich Ger...

  • Stormbringer synopsis, comments


    Michael Moorcock

    From World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Moorcock comes the second installment in is famous Elric of Melnibone series, brought to vivid new life with stunning i...

  • The World of the Witcher synopsis, comments

    The World of the Witcher

    CD Projekt Red

    Dive deep into the world of monster hunters, as the prominent characters from the universe take you on a guided tour of the fascinating dark fantasy adventure that is The Witcher. ...

  • Frostnacht synopsis, comments


    John Gwynne

    Die Fortsetzung der großen nordischen FantasySaga – noch nie waren Wikinger spannender!Wie eisiger Frost legt sich eine neue Weltordnung über das Reich Vigrið: LikRifa, die wütende...

  • Nachtengel - Nemesis synopsis, comments

    Nachtengel - Nemesis

    Brent Weeks

    Er ist der Nachtengel, und seine Waffe sind die Schatten: Der Auftakt der packenden »New York Times«BestsellerSaga »Nightangel«.Der Nachtengel dient der Rache, der Gerechtigkeit un...

  • The Witcher Library Edition Volume 2 synopsis, comments

    The Witcher Library Edition Volume 2

    Bartosz Sztybor, Aleksandra Motyka, Marianna Strychowska, Amad Mir & Vanesa R. Del Rey

    The second volume of The Witcher in a deluxe hardcover format chronicling Geralt’s wayward path in three standalone storiesfrom reunions with familiar faces to clashes with cunning...

  • The Witcher Omnibus Volume 2 synopsis, comments

    The Witcher Omnibus Volume 2

    Bartosz Sztybor, Aleksandra Motyka, Marianna Strychowska, Amad Mir & Vanesa R. Del Rey

    A collection of over 300 pages of action, mystery, and suspense with Geralt of Rivia in three standalone stories.In Of Flesh and Flame, Dandelion the bard gets Geralt transpor...

  • The Witcher Omnibus synopsis, comments

    The Witcher Omnibus

    Paul Tobin, Joe Queiro, Piotr Kowalski & Max Bertolini

    MultiEisner awardwinning writer Paul Tobin pens a fantasy epic of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a witcherone of the few remaining monster hunters from the critically acclaimed...

  • The White Wolf synopsis, comments

    The White Wolf

    Michael Moorcock

    From World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Moorcock comes the final installment of the Elric of Melnibone series, brought to vivid new life with stunning illustra...

  • The Witcher, Band 2 - Fuchskinder synopsis, comments

    The Witcher, Band 2 - Fuchskinder

    Paul Tobin

    Der Hexer Geralt von Riva ist einer der berüchtigtsten Monsterjäger weit und breit. Um auf dem Fluss an ihr Ziel zu gelangen, müssen Geralt und der Zwerg Addario ein echtes Narrens...

  • The Witcher, Band 6 - Klagelied der Hexe synopsis, comments

    The Witcher, Band 6 - Klagelied der Hexe

    Bartosz Sztybor

    Geralt von Riva ist inzwischen eine ebenso ikonische Figur der Fantasy wie Conan der Barbar oder Elric von Melnibone. Der Weg des Hexers begann in den Büchern des polnischen Autor...