Genre: short stories, fantasy, humorous fantasy of manners, comic fantasy, slavic fantasy, mythologies, crime, horror, history, pop culture
One night three murderers of tsars find themselves in one prison cell, and each of them is the only righteous one. Wallenrod, Winkelried and Wawrzyniec – anointed perhaps not among the dead carcasses of kings in a church vault, but also in a basement… of a distillery.
Stanisław Kozik unexpectedly finds himself in a changed state of aliveness. Sokółek transforms into a pillar of salt at a certain adorably quirky company. On the day of her mother’s funeral, Oda Kręciszewska notices a bit of a moustache in the mirror, which leads her to make some not very well thought-out, but quite good life decisions. This volume of short stories also features characters already known to the readers, such as a certain writer with the appearance of a rumpled musketeer and his private angel wearing slippers.
Sometimes there’s humour, at times there’s darkness. It’s always atmospheric and very classy. Whether it’s a bawdy house, or the office of the commission awarding the International Certificate of Fantastic Quality, or a tsar’s castle, or perhaps foggy city alleys – Marta Kisiel proves that her imagination (just like her sense of humour) knows no bounds.
(Grupa Wydawnicza Foksal 2018, cover illustration by Tomasz Majewski)
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