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498 books · 465 voters · list created May 23rd, 2009 by Kasia (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Kasia 2557 books
96 friends
Georg 920 books
198 friends
Agnieszka T. 1443 books
156 friends
Łukasz 392 books
45 friends
Synaptyk 82 books
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Ola 989 books
35 friends
Monika 1283 books
32 friends
Piotr 191 books
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message 1: by Lucky Teapot (new)

Lucky Teapot This list is ridiculous.


message 2: by Anna (new)

Anna Lucky Teapot wrote: "This list is ridiculous."

Why is it ridicuous?


message 3: by Lucky Teapot (new)

Lucky Teapot Anna wrote: "Lucky Teapot wrote: "This list is ridiculous."

Why is it ridicuous?"


I see it has improved a bit lately. At the time I made that comment, top 50 consisted mostly of really bad books, also the rest of the list didn't represent polish literature at all. It still looks like people are simply voting for the books they've read (out of all), not those they think are any good. It also seems to me that it has too many books from the same authors, including their less successful works, while it lacks some good and critically acclaimed contemporary literature. I suggest that people who create lists should add as many (good) books as possible right at the start so the list has any chance of being representative, especially as it is supposed to be about the whole literature of a nation.


message 4: by 5538858 (new)

5538858 I am Polish. I don't think the list is ridiculous. The top five books are ABSOLUTELY amazing. I couldn't agree more. However, I cannot agree with Bruno Schulz. Also, there is too much Henryk Sienkiewicz here, a historical-fiction writer. Sienkiewicz is overrated. I found his book boring.


message 5: by Lucky Teapot (new)

Lucky Teapot 5538858 wrote: "I am Polish. I don't think the list is ridiculous. The top five books are ABSOLUTELY amazing. I couldn't agree more. However, I cannot agree with Bruno Schulz. Also, there is too much Henryk Sienki..."

Yeah, the list has changed, the top 5 is now rather good. Agree about Sienkiewicz, I wouldn't recommend him to anyone.


message 6: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka I love Skienkiewicz when reading in polish. I tried to read an English translation and it was pretty awful.


Kasia The Bookworm Note that Gunther Grass is not Polish writer but German.


message 8: by Hanae (new)

Hanae I've removed books by Boris Akunin and China Mieville - they are neither Polish authors nor were their books set in Poland.


message 9: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Aug 16, 2012 06:58AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Kasia The Bookworm wrote: "Note that Gunther Grass is not Polish writer but German."

I removed The Tin Drum -- I hadn't voted for it myself but suspect whoever did so added it because it's set in Gdańsk/Danzig, Grass's home town (and as Hanae indicates above, "Polish books" could theoretically refer to either the author's nationality -- which in Grass's case is German -- OR the book's location, which in The Tin Drum is Polish now, though the better part of the action takes place during a time when the city was German). As this was the only book by Günter Grass on the list, I take it that you mean "Polish" to refer the author's nationality, though, Kasia ...


message 10: by Hanae (new)

Hanae true.


message 11: by Tricia (last edited May 31, 2013 09:18AM) (new)

Tricia Olga Gromyko is definitely not Polish.


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna Florice wrote: "Olga Gromyko is definitely not Polish."

Yeah. I think she's Belarussian


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Belarussian, yes. -- Removed.


message 14: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 6 books removed.


message 15: by Loreley (new)

Loreley removed Goethe


message 16: by Michael (new)

Michael i have only read these in translation so i do not know if they are 'best', i only know they are accessible...


message 17: by Natasza (new)

Natasza WHAT THE HELL IS "QUO VADIS" DOING HERE?!
It is an compulsory reading in Poland and I can say -it is painful.


message 18: by George P. (last edited Mar 14, 2019 08:26PM) (new)

George P. In position #171 is Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi. Levi was an Italian jew, not a Pole. He was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland which is the book's subject. So is it Polish literature?


message 19: by Loreley (new)

Loreley George wrote: "In position #171 is Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi. Levi was an Italian jew, not a Pole. He was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland which is the book's subject. So is it P..."

It's definitely not. Will remove it


message 20: by Anna (new)

Anna I posted a list on Goodlibrarians group
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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