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21 de Agosto de 2019.
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Andrzej Sapkowski

The man who created The Witcher.

Andrzej Sapkowski was born on 20th March 1948 in Łódź and has lived there until now. He is the second most popular Polish author of fantasy books, which books have been translated into other languages. His literary career started in 1986 with publishing his fantasy story “The Witcher” in Polish monthly magazine “Fantastic”. It was his debut, and then the short story was developed for 5 books saga about The Witcher. Besides this, he published many other fantasy books, however, “The Witcher” is the one, which brought him big fame, not only because of the book. If you don’t know the book, there is a high possibility that you know the game with the same title which is based on the book and gained a lot of awards, both, in Poland and world. Despite the book and the game is the most popular of his works, there were also comics, movie and TV series produced. Currently, Netflix is working on series basing on this book also, the main character is going to be played by Henry Cavill.

“The Witcher” story takes place in a world created by Andrzej Sapkowski, the world full of different races, typical for fantasy books e.g. dryads, elves, dwarves, but also people. The main character is Geralt from Rivii, the Witcher, killer of monsters with special magician skills. His fate relates to Ciri, called also as “child-surprise” and Lion of Cintra, he becomes her mentor and tries to protect her in the raging world. Together with friends and lovers of Geralt, such as the fairy Yennefer they have a lot of amazing adventures. I highly recommend this saga as it is fascinating and it is one of the most famous Polish fantasies, it is worth the read!

Text written in April 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Anna Soltys from Poland, graduated in finance and accounting, experienced and skilled in marketing, passionate about cooking, dancing, and reading.


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