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Sylwia Chutnik

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Name  Sylwia Chutnik
Role  Novelist
Books  Cwaniary, Warsaw of women

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Sylwia Chutnik (born 1979 in Warsaw) is a Polish novelist, writer, feminist, social activist. She graduated in gender studies at Warsaw University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Polish Culture at Warsaw University.


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Her debut novel Kieszonkowy atlas kobiet (Pocket Atlas of Women) was published in 2008. Her second novel Dzidzia (Diddums) came out in 2010. She is also a Warsaw city guide and a charity worker. She has published a Warsaw guidebook, called Warszawa kobiet (Women’s Warsaw) which guides people around the lesser known parts of the city where famous women who used to live. .

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She is the chairperson of MaMa Foundation which aims to improve the situation of mothers' rights in Poland. Chutnik is a member of an informal group "8th March Women’s Coalition”.

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In her works she focuses on feminism and gender issues, Polish culture and history.

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Chutnik is a member of The Polish Writers' Association. She hosted a TV literary programme "Cappuccino z książką” (Cappuccion and a book), and „Zapomniani-odzyskani” (Forgotten- found).

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She has been writing columns to a weekly magazine "Polityka" since 2016. Chutnik writes a column in "Gazeta Stołeczna" and a women magazine "Pani".

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Chutnik was recognized by many institutions for her literary achievements as well as social work. She was awarded by Ashoka for her social work. It is a so-called social workers' Nobel. She is a laureate of the Lady of Warsaw 2007 competition, and won the Wawoactive 2008 contest. Chutnik has been nominated for the Nike literary prize three times so far. In 2009 she became the laureate of "Polityka Passport Prize" for her literary works. She became a scholarship holder of Homines Urbani (2008), a laureate of the Lithuanian Books Institute (2009), a laureate of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2010), the City of Warsaw (2010), and the Goethe Institute (2010).


  • Kieszonkowy atlas kobiet, (Pocket Atlas of Women) Kraków 2008 (translated into Czech, German, Lithuanian, Russian, Slovak)
  • Dzidzia, (Diddums) Warszawa 2009
  • Warszawa kobiet, (Women's Warsaw) Warszawa 2011
  • Mama ma zawsze rację, (Mum's always right), Warszawa 2012
  • Cwaniary, (The Hustlers), Warszawa 2012
  • W krainie czarów, (In the world of magic), Kraków 2014
  • Jolanta, Kraków 2015
  • Smutek cinkciarza, (The sadness of a shylock), Warszawa 2016.
  • References

    Sylwia Chutnik Wikipedia