“Enter pin number, press green”/”Pin i zielonym”: Anthology
Best short stories submitted for the „Enter pin number” competition (2013). Ed. by Natasza Goerke, Marta Mizuro and Marcin Hamkało; cover by Agnieszka Jarząb, photo by Honorata Jakubowska.
Prompts from the judges: The country of likes, interests, commissions and markups, the sweetest dosh and bottomless pit, passion of imposters, lines in a Tesco, showing off on the boardwalk, loans like drugs, petition for the lightness of the gender customs, plastic dogmas, comeback of the debit, chick from the bailiff, no-touching sex, trip to a mall, walk around dumps, iPad apps, collector’s crowbar, beach behind barbed wire, all newest LED – everything worth something – describe and mail us. Enter pin number.
Paweł Sajewicz “Utalentowany pan Sajewicz”
Marcin Orliński “Królowa balu”
Jakub Lepiorz “Z dystansu”
Maciej Dobosiewicz “Gotówką”
Agata Szubert “Osiemset jeden”
Paulina Danecka “trzy litery”
Adrian Hyrsz “Persönliche Identifikationsnummer”
Grażka Majewska “Kolejka”
Agata Hajda “Z autobusu w poloneza, czyli jak myśl ludzka zmierza”
Wojciech Bączkowski “Plazma”
Joanna Pawłusiów “Królestwo przykrótkich legginsów”
Patrycja Pustkowiak “Pośmiertna transakcja”
Adam Januszek “jedna siódma”
Agnieszka Polewczyńska “Za dziesięć minut zgniją mi marchewki”
Jacek Wróbel “Poczucie Intensywnej Nicości”
I get up at eleven in the morning. I take a drastic shower and jump into the hot tub for a minute. I do five sit-ups and three squats. Or no, I wake up at five, raise the blinds, and fire up the Apple. I don’t pee, I don’t smoke, in order not to jinx it. I turn off the wi-fi. I put stoppers in my ears. It spray the monitor and rub its thoroughly with a cloth. I swallow hard, circle my head, and crack my knuckles. I know the time is now, in a moment, her. The cursor now flashes like the timer on a bomb. A card with pixels is counting down itself, from here to immortality. I place my fingers on the keyboard. In a moment, I’ll play nothingness on my nose. Will fight a bloody battle with one another, the stakes will be the future development of art. The pattern is shattered in the very first paragraph, the sense of being an artist is turned on its head. A rebellion is sparked, the angry people are dispatched onto unknown routes. It is time to change, to explore, time to dream for the first time. My story is as simple as autofocus, it carries like a nasty post. It will translate itself into all languages. This is the one opportunity we will not pass by.
I’m leaving in a moment, I don’t know where. Want to come with me? / One of the Authors /
At the invitation of a certain festival in Wroclaw, 500 authors set off in pursuit of the spirit of the revolution, chasing the spectre of the avant-garde. In the quest for the golden fleece, the voice tells stories that newsrooms are silent about. In the anthology “No One Ever”, you will find the answer to the question of where bravest of them came from.
The premiere of the anthology and a meeting with the authors will be held 5 October during the International Short Story Festival in Wroclaw.
The main idea of this anthology was to showcase talent that has recently emerged or is still maturing but which has a special “something”, which in the literature counts no less than in love.
The book’s ten authors are the winners of the prose competition held during the International Short Story Festival, as well as those who received honourable mention in the competition and were invited to participate in workshops led by Natasza Goerke, supported by a group of prominent writers, journalists and editors.
We thus present to you, fourteen writers who recently debuted, or are even still unpublished, masterfully taking up the short form. They are both crazy enough and talented enough to make it work.
It’s me, your anthology. Your new social networking site. Your mythology. You wrote me, you created me yourself. That you. The one you forgot about. The one you left from, luckily without closing the door. Yes, I talk about heroes not from this world, displayed on a 2-D cathode-ray tube that liked to explode (they didn’t know any other special effects back then). I’m from the world of paper books, of cinemas with no air conditioning. I am link you haven’t clicked for years. I lead to a page without a puenta, because on it, everything is just beginning. Now you know. Continued occurred. Remember what was real.
Writers in attendence: Justyna Bargielska, Anna Brzezińska, Julia Fiedorczuk, Inga Iwasiów, Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki, Anna Nasiłowska, Łukasz Orbitowski, Małgorzata Rejmer, Janusz Rudnicki, Zyta Rudzka, Adam Wiedemann, Jakub Żulczyk i ilustratorzy: Iwona Chmielewska, Sławomir ZBIOK Czajkowski, Ignacy Czwartos, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz, Paweł Jarodzki, Jagoda Kidawa, Patryk Mogilnicki, Adam Quest, Kama Sokolnicka, Kasia Walentynowicz.
Idea, editing and design: Dorota Hartwich and Agnieszka Single-Hamkało, Julita Giełzak (graphic design).
Publisher: Format and CK CASTLE, 2011.
An anthology of short stories selected by Justyna Sobolewska and Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało
Authors: Grażyna Plebanek, Łukasz Orbitowski, Marta Podgórnik, Hanna Bakuła, Agnieszka Drotkiewicz, Janusz Anderman, Hanna Samson, Anna Janko, Jacek Bierut, Miłka Malzahn, Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki, Mariusz Szczygieł, Błażej Dzikowski, Piotr Siemion, Zyta Rudzka, Jerzy Pilch, Miron Białoszewski, Kornel Filipowicz, Tadeusz Różewicz, Natasza Goerke, Małgorzata Rejmer i Anna Bolecka.
By assigning the authors the topic “ma” and looking for “male” short stories, the editors of the anthology were counting not on a satirical effect, but on a literary one. They wondered how the authors would tell their stories, what kind of men they would construct. They were counting on variety, which is why old stories have been compiled with new ones. What emerged is an interesting mosaic of portraits. The title of the anthology Projekt mężczyzna [Project Man] is not supposed to evoke an image of the perfect man, a man of today, a virtual creature that ought to exist. This “project” is an escape from “the image of the modern man”, who would only be a stereotype. This book is simply a collection of interesting stories, though in it one can see that dark colours do not dominate. The one discomfort is that sometimes one would like to stay a little longer in the world created by the authors; but the short story is a noble species, requiring discipline and condensation, and inevitably it comes to an end quickly.
The creators of the anthology remain in service, like art curators who in designing a thematic exhibition, choose their artists carefully. The create a unique blend which is greater than the sum of the various works in a different context, acquiring new meanings, and in other ways opening up to interpretation. This, it is not surprising that texts by very well-known writers, such as Kornel Filipowicz and Tadeusz Rozewicz, have been compiled together with very young ones, such as Błażej Dzikowski and Małgorzata Rejmer, and that they chose what at first glance appears to be names that do not go together, such as: Białoszewski and Bakuła? Pilch and Samson? It is a risky call, but whoever does not risk this will be hailed as a boring conservative.
The first work published by the Festival was the anthology Zaraz Wracam [Be Right Back], showing the civilizational transformation of the past two decades from the perspective of the Polish literary hero abroad. The book features multiple points of view, and analyzes the process by which the Polish collective and individual consciousness is maturing to participate in European culture (and beyond). The anthology presents the work of eight authors, including Olga Tokarczuk, Andrzej Stasiuk, Mariusz Szczygiel, Paweł Huelle and Jerzy Pilch. The originators and editors of the anthology are Marta Mizuro (literary critic, Odra, Zwierciadło), dr Wojciech Browarny (University of Wroclaw) and Marcin Hamkało (poet, artistic director of the Festival).
Yuri Andrukhovych: Poles are ubiquitous – like the Greeks, Armenians and Jews. If Ukrainians left the country as much as the Poles, we would not so so stupid sometimes. Strangeness is a great teacher, understanding, and this book – a wonderful teacher alienation.
In a civilizational sense, the last twenty years have been a time of change for Poles, who often find it difficult to grasp. It is difficult to compare this to any past experiences. We decided to see how a Polish literary hero behaves in this new border-free situation. Can his existential peregrinations tell us something important about ourselves?
For the editors of this book, the most interesting feature is its collective identity, which is revealed in the relations between people, cultures and customs. Be Right Back is, above all, an anthology of differences.
Not just writing stories about others, but also about the life around, this is a comparative art. If writers stopped comparing, literary reality would become tautological and tame to the point of boredom. Trivial literature presents obvious problems, good – just the opposite. In prose about the “displaced”, almost every observation raises questions and doubts associations. Why does Sweden have “so many empty houses. Are you building extras for later, considering divorce in your housing plans? Why do you have a voice, and we are “one guy who reads all the dialogues,” and which is better? Where did the “custom of adding a mound of thick whipped cream to meat, and even fish soup come from in the Czech Republic? Why do “The Swiss only once a day descend on Leman – just in time glide over the Leman”?
And how it all finds a Pole, who suddenly – everything slow?