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Class Alef

The EMG publishing house is pleased to present the first volume of the new series: the Israeli youth novel titled „Class Alef” by Esther Streit-Wurzel.

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The position reached by Esther Streit-Wurzel (1932-2013) in Israeli literature for youth can be compared to the position of Hanna Ożogowska, Adam Bahdaj, Edmund Niziurski or Małgorzata Musierowicz. However, this comparison does not reflect the whole truth. Indeed, while several well-known names can be added to the above list of Polish writers for young people, Ester Streit-Wurzel is an exceptional phenomenon in Israeli writing. In a national plebiscite organized in 2008, her book Alef Class among hundreds of songs by great writers won the first place as the most „Israeli novel” that emerged during the sixty years of the existence of the State of Israel.

Esther Streit-Wurzel was born on July 25, 1932 in Petach Tikva, she died there on December 7, 2013. Her family roots also reach to Krakow. She was loved by a huge group of readers. In fact, there was no one in Israel who did not know her books. Thousands of people came to the writer’s funeral.

In her work, Streit-Wurzel drew on various subjects, from the Jewish fate during the Holocaust, through illegal emigration to Palestine and the liberation war of 1948, to issues related to emigration and acclimatization in Israel. Her books featured various topics, including issues related to the dilemmas of growing up, relationships with parents or first love, all woven into a fascinating story.

The Alef Class action begins at the end of summer. Roni Metzger arrives at Ganot. The boy wants to start his education at the agricultural technical school, but also to escape from his home in Tel Aviv, which after the death of his mother is no longer the same as it used to be. Ganot is a small world seen from the perspective of teenagers who suddenly find themselves in a new situation and want to solve smaller and larger problems, both practical and emotional. In the opinion of Chana – the charismatic headmistress of the school – they succeed, though not without mishaps. Alef class heroes learn to live in this small community, make friends, fall in love, but also get into real trouble.


Esther Streit-Wurzel teaches that there are values ​​for which it is worth rebelling and making risky decisions. It is a story of love, death, longing, loneliness and joy, that thanks to friendship you can overcome sadness and see something beyond yourself: a complicated and teenage being. It is also an extraordinary journey to beautiful Israel with its fascinating wilderness – to the desert, to orange and eucalyptus groves – and to learn about Jewish holidays and that solidarity is one of the most valued features in this community.


As part of the new series of EMG Publishing, which Alef Class opens, social and moral novels intended for both older youth and adults will be published. The authors of the books are foreign creators, because the purpose of this publishing project is to provide young Polish readers with knowledge and tools to understand other cultures, to learn about their peers from other countries, to understand differentness. The EMG publishing house puts a special emphasis on the literature of „small languages” in this series.


Alef’s class, a novel from 1982, does not lose its relevance and has recently been screened in the form of a multi-seasonal series, beating records in Israel.



Alef class

Esther Streit-Wurzel

Series: With head, volume I

Translation: Michał Sobelman, Joanna Stöcker-Sobelman

EMG Publishers, Krakow 2018

ISBN 978-83-63464-19-6

Paperback with wings

p. 376

format: 145×205

Price: PLN 39.00

Premiere: November 13, 2018




Krakow Festival Office

Embassy of Israel in Warsaw

Jewish Religious Community in Krakow

Levy & Wright

Porwisz and partners


Trees. The most important is Architecture

EMG publishing house is honored to announce the fourth tome of TreesThe most important is Architecture


Barbara Bartkowicz, Marta Leśniakowska, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Olga Tokarczuk, Grzegorz Piątek, Jan Rylke, Piotr Wróbel

The most important is Architecture series, tome IV

Reckless destruction of natural heritage (On an extent greater than ever concerning democratic Poland), which we have had to face for some time now, provoked Ewa Mańkowska-Grin to create next volume from the The most important is Architecture series. This upcoming tome is entirely dedicated to trees. EMG publishing house proposed elected authors to write essays about trees and their role in the context of urban and architectonic acts. The variety of outlooks and attitudes presented in the drafts captures the quantity of ways of understanding and describing the difficult relationship between nature and culture.

The texts of Barbara Bartkowicz, Marta Leśniakowska, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Olga Tokarczuk, Grzegorz Piątek, Jan Rylke and Piotr Wróbel which form the book trigger the issues of interdependence, fervent conflict, blending and cohabitation of a world of trees with the fiercely developing human civilization and its most visible emanation: Architecture and buildings.

The series is dedicated to the memorial of prof. Tomasz Mańkowski, architect.
The most important is Architecture, Volume IV
EMG Publisher, Kraków 2018
ISBN 978-83-63464-17-2
Soft cover with wings
208 pages
Format: 168x210mm
Price: 40 PLN
Date of premiere: April 23rd, 2018

EMG publisher gives special thanks to the Tislowitz Foundation, TPG office and Iwona and Piotr Beaupré for the assistance in publishing the concerned book.

Slownik literatury kryminalnej OKL 72dpi

Dictionary of Polish Authors of Criminal Literature

Dictionary of Polish Authors of Criminal Literature

In the time of International crime & mystery festival 2017 we will present publicly Dictionary of Polish Authors of Criminal Literature, The book showed up in EMG publishing house with the co-edition of Impart 2016 Festival office as the XVI volume of the polish crime collection and within the Publishing Series of Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016.

 Slownik literatury kryminalnej OKL 72dpi

A dictionary… meaning 254 biographies of Polish crime writers in large extent illustrated. It is an attempt to order the knowledge about authors of the recently most popular literary genre in Poland: criminal, thriller and sensation. This is also a summary of a long way, which Polish crime literature has traveled – from the low end class literature of interwar, through a socialistic story, finishing on a modern retro criminal

“Therefore, what is Dictionary of Polish Authors of Criminal Literature? In the first place: an author’s work with all consequences of this way of showing the topic. In the second place: The first attempt in Poland to systematize the knowledge about genre writers and an invitation to discuss Polish criminal, its history and modernism, an encouragement to improve and expand the knowledge comprised. It is, finally a compendium showing specifically Polish complexity and (often excessively and unnecessarily) complication or blurriness of genre rules, mingle of concepts, constant crossing borders, which in Polish literature has become visible particularly in the last fifteen years, when to the group of disciplines about which the whole Polish nation is the most passionate about – such as medicine, law or football – also joined crime literature.”

From Irek Grin’s prelude

Dictionary of Polish Authors of Criminal Literature
Under the editorial office of Ewa Dąbrowska, Hanna Wojciechowska and Irek Grin
Series: Polska Kolekcja Kryminalna, volume XVI
EMG Publishing house, Kraków 2017/Biuro Festiwalowe Impart 2016, Wrocław 2017
Hard cover
132 pages
Format: 148x210mm
Price: 36,00 PLN

Date of premiere: May 24th 2017



The most important is Architecture series is dedicated to the memory of prof. Tomasz Mańkowski, an architect and pedagogue, who passed away in 2012.


On May 20th the third volume from the series “The most important is Architecture”, titled “Second Conversations” has been published. This time Ewa Mańkowska-Grin talks with art historians and architecture critics: Marta Leśniakowska, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Marta A. Urbańska, Grzegorz Piątek, Jacek Purchla, Roman Rutkowski, Kuba Snopek and Andrzej Szczerski.

The deliberated topics among others are: urban chaos, responsibility for common space, degeneration of the landscape, ecology in designing and city planning. The discourse begins from general issues, for that it could later trigger the diagnostics of Poland’s urban and architectural position based on the detail and certain specifics. Art Historian’s and architecture critic’s gaze on the discussed issues in many different places, greatly differs from the approach that architects have – interlocutors of the first volume of the series.

Ewa Mańkowska-Grin, though uncovering her subjective view on the subject, does not try to settle this dispute with force. The point of view on the urban-architectural of both professional groups in the year 2017 is often very distinct, whereas the raised thesis do not always exclude themselves, even more; it is more common for them to complement each other and prove the variety of the possible attitudes. Most often, critics in deliberation undertake cultural and historic point of view. Thanks to that they take us on a journey not only to Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw, but also to little Polish cities and huge world metropolises, almost instantly and with ease travelling in the space of many cultures and different times.

Second Conversations under the editorial office of Ewa Mańkowska-Grin

Series: The most important is Architecture, Volume III
ISBN 978-83-63464-13-4
Soft cover with wings
232 pages
Format: 168x210mm
Price 38,00 PLN

Date of premiere: May 20th 2017


Wojaczek – read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works

Wojaczek – read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works under Tomasz Kunz and Adam Poprawa drafting

“Critical decisions” series (volume VI)

“Texts gathered in the book create an original and impressive literary critic constellation. We deal in them with different interpretive strategies and ways to read poems (…).

Though the whole internal variety, mentioned discourses form a surprisingly consistent narration, of which the most characteristic feature seems to be the need of critic rewriting  Rafał Wojaczek’s works (not only poetry). It is visible most of all in the discourses placing the Another tale’s author in the contexts associated with new humanities (…) But the imperative “rewriting Wojaczek” is to find also in articles taking on the subject of reception and “the second life” works (…). I do not have any doubt, that for the authors, the idea behind it was the intention of revitalizing and updating the work, or attributing it with new critic signs. The collection as in whole carries all the revisionary interventionist gesture’s hallmarks in a strong meaning of these words; it is about the opening gesture, ipso facto releasing the book. (..) It is an important critic book: polemic, surprising, encouraging rethinking individual works, already hackneyed ways of reading them, or the whole creativity of this controversial, gladly not completely tamed by the readers, stubbornly separated artist.” –fragment of a review of Jacek Gutorow.

Wojaczek- read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works under Tomasz Kunz and Adam Poprawa drafting

“Critical decisions” series (volume VI)

EMG publisher, Kraków 2016

ISBN 978-83-63464-09-7


232 pages

148x210mm format

Prize 38,- PLN

Premiere date: 2016 October 10.


„Ms. Architects”

The most important is Architecture series is dedicated to the memory of prof. Tomasz Mańkowski, an architect and pedagogue, who passed away in 2012.

Ms. Architects

Marta Leśniakowska, Rafał Ochęduszko, Marta A. Urbańska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Barbara Zbroja, Szymon Piotr Kubiak

The most important is Architecture series, volume II

The stories presented in the book, are dedicated to six female architects. The included texts are trying to apprise the role of women, not only in shaping the modernist vision of Polish architecture and urbanism, but also struggle with still present stereotype of the patriarchal world of builders, in which the only “father of the work” remains still a male architect.

Essays about Diana Reiterówna (Barbara Zbroja), Barbara Brukalska (Marta Leśniakowska), Helena Syrkusowa (Rafał Ochęduszko), Halina Skibniewska (Marta A. Urbańska), Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak (Łukasz Wojciechowski) and Anatolia Hryniewicka-Piotrowska (Szymon Piotr Kubiak) with equal strength present us both the influence of these extraordinary women on the Polish architectonic idea, and their often personal portraits.

Every described character in the book shaped the story of Polish architecture in a different way, and wrote down in it an original chapter. Choosing the side of modernism, they inscribed themselves in the history of Polish modernity, which we today discover and analyze afresh. The book, which is now given to the readers, is a very precious elaboration, emphasizing the meaning of women for Polish architecture. And also an inspiration for further studies on the achievements both of the characters described in the book, and also many others, who are still to come.

From the Andrzej Szczerski’s introduction

Ms. Architects
Marta Leśniakowska, Rafał Ochęduszko, Marta A. Urbańska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Barbara Zbroja, Szymon Piotr Kubiak
The most important is Architecture series, volume II
EMG Publisher, Kraków 2016
ISBN 978-83-63464-11-0
Soft cover with flaps
164 pages
Size: 168×210 mm
Price: 35,00 PLN

Premiere: November 9, 2016