Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2008 Nike Prize for her novel Bieguni (Runners). The Polish Cultural Institute describes the novel as "the story of many journeys, a tale of contemporary nomads who travel across the globe not only in the search for new sensations, but also for dreams and aspirations. The title refers to a 17th Century Orthodox sect who believed that only those who are in constant motion can resist the devil."
Olga Tokarczuk's short story "The Bean Prophecies" (translated by Jennifer Croft) appeared in Absinthe #4.
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