The foundation of the winner of the Noble Prize 2018 in literature offers scholarships and a residency program aimed at supporting the work of writers and translators, but also research on literature and the literary translation and reflections on the role of literature in the history of social changes.
The meeting place for writers and translators from around the world will be the villa of Maria and Tymoteusz Karpowicz at ul. Krzycka 29, which the city will put at the foundation’s disposal after its renovation according to the declaration by Mayor Jacek Sutryk, who also promised his support.
Olga Tokarczuk’s dream
The details concerning the foundation will be known at the end of November during the joint meeting of Olga Tokarczuk and the Mayor of Wroclaw Jacek Sutryk. The symbolic inauguration of the project was the handover of a commemorative key by the mayor during the Sunday meeting with Tokarczuk in the National Forum of Music.
In the official press release of the Wroclaw House of Literature designated as a strategic partner for Olga Tokarczuk's foundation, we can read that the Noble Prize winner’s dream is to create an intellectual and artistic centre that will match up to the best institutions of this kind in Europe and around the world in the future.
The foundation based in Karpowicz's villa
‘According to the Noble Prize winner’s intention, the foundation is to become a space for an international discussion about the potential of literature in diagnosing the visible and invisible world and in describing the reality where xenophobic and nationalistic moods grow dangerously fast, and for a conversation about art and the human being as a part of nature. It is to become a meeting place for authors and translators from around the world and to pursue educational, scholarship or residency programs.’
Mayor Jacek Sutryk decided that Olga Tokarczuk’s foundation would be based in the villa at ul. Krzycka 29 that once belonged to the famous artist Tymoteusz Karpowicz and his wife Maria; the deceased poet, prosaist and dramatist had wanted the house to become a place where writers would work and meet their readers. The villa will be renovated so as to become available to the foundation as soon as possible. The Mayor of Wroclaw also wants to support the functioning of the new organisation.