The Arena of Rats
Marek KrajewskiBorn in 1966 in Wrocław. Classical philologist, specialising in Latin linguistics, former lecturer at the University of Wrocław, author of bestselling crime novels. He has been a full-time writer since 2007.
He is best known for the series about Eberhard Mock, an employee of the Breslau police department. The series, which began in 1999, currently contains six volumes. In 2008, along with Mariusz Czubaj, Krajewski began a new series, which is set in present-time Gdańsk, and its protagonist is Chief Inspector Jarosław Pater. To date, two volumes have been published: Suicide Avenue and Cemetery Roses. In 2009, the author began a third crime-novel series about police inspector Edward Popielski. The newest, seventh novel in the series, The Arena of Rats (which is also Krajewski’s latest book), was published in September 2015. It is considered to be his darkest and most sensational crime novel to date. The author always thoroughly prepares before starting a book, gathering materials and necessary information about the situations he describes.
Krajewski’s novels, published by Znak, have sold over 300 thousand copies altogether. For his work, the writer has received prestigious literary awards such as the High Calibre Award for the best crime novel (2003), the Polityka Passport (2005) and the Bookseller Award “Witryna” (2005). In 2008, he was named an Ambassador of Wrocław and received St Dorothy’s sword. In the same year, he received an honorary citizenship of the Royal City of Darłowo.
His novels have been translated into 20 languages: English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, French, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Italian.
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