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At first the short stories about the witcher Geralt of Rivia by Andrzej Sapkowski and then the saga about the same protagonist became the literary phenomenon in Poland; they were the first Polish fantasy novels of such a quality. The books also gained huge popularity in the neighbouring countries, but only after releasing the trilogy of computer games based on the Sapkowski's main character the story took by storm the libraries of the Anglo-Saxon sphere and went global. Nowadays, a bunch of talented creators is preparing an online TV series about the witcher for Netflix. 

As far as I know the witcher is currently the most popular popcultural hero from Poland, so I would like to ask you if you are familiar with the books/games/comics with the adventures of this monster hunter?

Glad to see all your answers! 

PS. The special Andrés' badges of awesomeness for those of you who, although not being my compatriots, managed to watch the iconic, poor quality TV series about the witcher by The Polish National Television with the infamous rubber-pixel dragon... :)

Apr 4, 2018 11:48 AM
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@NealC, Arnie was more wooden in Red Heat than he was in Terminator!  

He sure was! Personally, I think it's his best role (and his Russian is perfect, lol). My favourite scene is the one with the guy on the sidewalk - the one with "he lives here" :D The degree of "cranberrization" was just perfect. You can't even imagine how popular this film is in Russia - at least, among people close to my own age.

the Thomas Covenant Series by Stephen Donaldson. Has anyone read that?

I've just read some reviews, and one of the most popular ones on Goodreads is "Were it possible, I'd give this book negative stars". I really wonder how unpleasant the main character has to be to cause this kind of reaction. I'm almost tempted to read it now.

@Grzybek, oh, thank you for telling me this. "Monday Begins on Saturday" is the love of my life - I like it so much that I seriously thought about asking someone to correct the translation in English (I still wonder how much it would cost; maybe one day...) - there are so many things that make total sense in Slavic languages but sound boring in this translation. Thank you so much for loving this book! *wiping tears of gratitude*

P.S. Speaking about Polish authors... I'm not a literary critic and I don't know which books should be considered good or bad, but there are some I love most dearly, and one of them is "Wszystko czerwone" by Joanna Chmielewska. Truly anti-depressant.

April 4, 2018


Let me tell you that I like them too and "Monday Begins on Saturday" I just love, I've read it a couple of times and I know I will do that at least a couple more. And I know a few Polish people who share this feeling. Actually, a few days ago I even saw a guy in a bus reading one of their books. 

BTW, I don't like Sapkowski (I don't find him funny at all) but I love Lem's sense of humour. Not all of his books are humorous but when there is humour, it is always superb.

April 4, 2018

@K P

One of the books from the Witcher series ended up in the bestseller's list of The New York Times, so the paper part of the franchise got its chunk of popularity outside Poland as well. Lem is still more popular but he rather did not deal with fantasy genre. I love the Strugatskies' books; i read also The Night Watch series by Lukyanenko.


Sapkowski doesn't play computer games, but has nothing against the production. However, as far as I know, he holds the grudge against the producers for lack of royalties (although it seems to me that he simply didn't predict the success of the games and signed the contract without double-checking). He also adores to troll the overzealous fans.

April 4, 2018

@Michael, @K P, do you mean this film?

If yes, then I can't agree more: the film was strange...

April 4, 2018

Yes! Mostly thanks to the trilogy of computer games, but I read the books even before "The Witcher I" was released. Still, I like the games more than the books - one of the very few exceptions in this respect. And I've already said it here on Italki, but seriously, the Russian voiceover is top notch. Just brilliant. The soundtrack is absolutely great too, especially in "The Witcher 3".

As for the series by Netflix... I have a bad feeling about it, to be honest. I will be the first one to praise it if it's good but knowing Netflix... We have an expression in Russian, "развесистая клюква" ("cranberry tree") which usually means "ridiculous stereotypes about Russians in Western popular culture" - think Arnold Schwarzenegger from "Red Heat" or any film about Russians which includes vodka, balalayka etc. I'm afraid that something similar is going to happen to "The Witcher" adaptation as well. As far as I know, Sapkowski doesn't like the video games, so the series will be based on the books mostly, and I suspect they're going to butcher the plot in the most merciless way possible. But I would be happy to be proved wrong.

April 4, 2018
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