Wojciech, Waclaw, Albinski was born in Poland, in Wlochy near Warsaw, in 1935. World War II marked him and his work deeply. He wrote essays and poems for Wspolczesznosc in the 1950s, and later for Kultura, a literary magazine in Paris. After finishing Warsaw Polytechnic, he left for Iraq and Paris. He finally settled in Geneva, Switzerland for 8 years with his wife Wanda. Later, they moved to Botswana and South Africa, where Wojtek spent most of his life. His first book was Kalahari. Others, such as Achtung Banditen, followed. They were best-sellers and were nominated for various awards (Mackewicz, Nike, Gdynia, Wroclaw). Wojtek was buried in his family grave, in Powazki cemetery in Warsaw, in 2015.
Wojciech Albinski shares his long African experience with us. He draws what he relates from his own fascinating life – that is why we believe him. The beautiful language and colourful style of this book enhances its value.
Wojciech Albinski debuted late but, how surprisingly, with mature prose. Kalahari is a book sophisticated in form, and rich in content. Useful in information, it draws us to the antipodes, there where the oceans reach the Cape of Good Hope, and Table Mountain.
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