A meeting with Weronika Gogola in Banská Bystrica

On Monday, a literary evening was held as part of the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Polish Language Faculty at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

The evening's guest speaker was Weronika Gogola, a Polish writer living and working in Slovakia, author of the novels Po trochu (“Little by Little”, 2017; translated into Slovak by Karol Chmel) and Ufo nad Bratysławą (“UFO over Bratislava”, 2021; translated into Slovak by Alexander Horák), translator from Ukrainian and Slovak, and a winner of the Conrad Award (2018).

The discussion particularly revolved around the reportage UFO over Bratislava - a very personal and funny book about Slovakia seen from the perspective of an outsider. Weronika Gogola, who has chosen Slovakia as her home, observes her adopted homeland with fondness and humour, yet she can also be critical. Can UFO over Bratislava be called an (atypical) guide to Slovakia?

The discussion was moderated by Gabriela Olchowa.

The event was organised by the Book Institute and the Centre for Polish Language and Culture at the Department of Slavonic Languages of the Faculty of Philology of Matej Bel University, in cooperation with the State Scientific Library in Banská Bystrica and the Polish Institute in Bratislava.

Partners of the event: Artforum Banská Bystrica, Hogo Fogo Jazz & Art Club, Vydavatel’stvo Absynt, s.r.o.