Transport beyond eternity

EMG publisher is pleased to present the third volume of the series „With head”: the Czech novel „Transport beyond eternity” written by František Tichý. The book was translated by Anna Wanik and the author of the illustration is Stanislav Setinský.


František Tichý for his book „Transport beyond eternity” received in 2018 the most important Czech literary prize Magnesia Litera – the equivalent of the Polish Nike Literary Award.

Although the story of the novel was invented by the author, it was inspired by real events and people, including biographies of Petr Ginz, an extremely talented boy of Jewish descent, and Josef Jan Kratochvíl, a member of the Czech resistance. Based on authentic materials: letters from Kratochvíl from prison, texts published in the journal Vedem by the children of the Theresienstadt ghetto and Petr Ginz diaries, Tichý creates a touching and tense story of friendship, loyalty, sense of value and justice, while describing war and fascism force their way into the happy lives of Prague high school students.

The narrator, Honza, faces evil. After arresting his father, he feels responsible for his family, and after introducing regulations restricting the rights of Jewish citizens, he risks staying in close contact with his Jewish friends, Petr and Jakub.


„Transport beyond eternity”
Františk Tichý
Series: With head, volume III
Translation: Anna Wanik
illustrations: Stanislav Setinský
EMG Publishing House, Krakow 2019
ISBN 978-83-63464-26-4
Paperback with wings
p. 216
format: 145×205

Price: PLN 39.00
Premiere: December 2019


Ms. Pioneers

The EMG publishing house is proud to announce the launch of the book „Ms. Pioneers” – the sixth volume of the series ” The most important is Architecture”. The book is a collection of essays by Hanna Faryna-Paszkiewicz, Grażyna Hryncewicz-Lamber, Marta Leśniakowska, Joanna Majczyk, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Grzegorz Piątek and Agnieszka Tomaszewicz. The book premiere is on November 22.


„Ms. Pioneers” is a response to the wishes of readers of the „Architecture is the most important” series. After the second volume of the series, entitled „Ms. Architects”, the EMG publishing house met with many voices encouraging the continuation of the topic of women’s participation in the creation of Polish architectural culture. „Ms. Pioneers” is a collection of essays about the precursors of urban planning and architecture of modern Poland. It’s about women that were forgotten in these areas, although they contributed to its development: Anna Ptaszycka, Wanda Krahelska, Wanda Melcer, Gizella Marguliesówna and Teresa Chmura-Pełech.

The series is dedicated to the memory of Professor Tomasz Mańkowski, an architect.

„Ms. Pioneers”
Authors: Małgorzata Omilanowska (introduction), Hanna Faryna-Paszkiewicz, Grażyna Hryncewicz-Lamber, Marta Leśniakowska, Joanna Majczyk, Agnieszka Tomaszewicz, Grzegorz Piątek
Series: The most important is Architecture, volume VI
EMG Publisher, Krakow 2019
ISBN 978-83-63464-25-7
Soft cover with wings
page 184
Format: 168×210 mm
Price: PLN 39.00

Premiere: 22 November 2019

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Residents of Jewish Krakow

Residents of Jewish Krakow – notebook for reading

The EMG publishing house is proud to present the first notebook from new series: „Residents of Jewish Krakow”, which portraits Polish Jews who lived and worked in Krakow. The texts contained in the notebook are written in Polish and English.

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Before the Second World War, Jews accounted for about thirty percent of all residents in the city of Krakow. The Holocaust touched nearly every single one of them. Today, walking through the streets of Krakow, one might think that the only memories of the Jews that perished here can be found on the figurines with tiny grosz, the Polish equivalent to the penny.
This booklet is meant to honour the memory of some of the many thousands of Jews who lived and worked in Krakow. We start by featuring individuals who directly influenced the development of the city, including photographers, architects, publishers and lawyers. And we conclude with the first girl to own a bike in Krakow.
The biographies included here represent just a few of the 60,000 Jews that lived in this community. It is thanks to their numerous and invaluable contributions that we have the opportunity to experience Krakow’s wealth of economic, cultural and social offerings.

The partner is the Jewish Religious Community in Krakow.


NIEWINNI okladka front


The EMG publishing house is pleased to present the second volume of the „With head” series: the Romanian novel „Innocent” Ioana Pârvulescu.

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Post-war Romania, Transylvania, Braşov. Idyllic land of childhood, in which communism invades, and the memory of multicultural and multilingual Central Europe is kept only in the stories of parents and grandparents. A multi-generational home and its secrets, filled with imagination of children. Adventures lived with the books’ heroes Verne and May. An attempt to preserve innocent surprise and naivety in a world that will never be a synonym for durability and security.

In the old, probably seventeenth-century house, there are eight adults and four children. The house on Majakowski Street (former and future St. Jan Street) is not an ordinary home to Ana. It is the whole world. It stores stories from before the war, it is a scene of adventures that meet residents, it worries about each of them, and for Ana is also a friend and teacher, hiding many secrets from the past. That’s why when Ana draws him, the house becomes a human with eyes instead of windows and mouth in place of the door.

The events that will be discussed here took place in a different world – that’s how Ioana Pârvulescu begins her novel, with voice of the youngest character, Ana. Actually. It is a world without mobile phones, the Internet, laptops and tablets, a world in which children invent games and stories, using their own imagination, often inspired by family messages, readings and films. This „other world” is also the madness of communism, from which children are protected by adult pre-war stories, an attempt to preserve and save the tradition in a new, incomprehensible world.

My world was simple and repetitive, without causing boredom. Someone later told me that this is the definition of Paradise.

Ioana Pârvulescu (born in 1960 in Braşov) is a novelist, essayist, journalist, literary critic and professor at the University of Bucharest, where she lectures Romanian literature at the Faculty of Philology. She also serves as an editor in the journal România literară. She initiated and for over ten years coordinated in the Humanitas Publishing House a collection of world literature „Cartea de pe noptieră”. For the debut novel „Viaţa începe vineri” („Life begins on Friday”, translated by Karolina Brykner, Tomasz Klimkowski, Krakow 2016) she received the European Union Literary Award in 2013.

„Innocent” novel was honored in 2017 with the „Award of High School Students for the Most Beloved Book of 2016″ during the fifth edition of FILIT – Festival of Literature and Translation in Yass. The award was granted by a jury composed of high school students selected by teachers of Romanian language and literature in Yass.

Ioana Pârvulescu
Series: With head, volume II
Translation: Joanna Kornaś-Warwas
EMG Publishers, Krakow 2019
ISBN 978-83-63464-22-6
Soft cover with wings
p. 240
format: 145×205
Price: PLN 39.00

Architektura racjonalnej Europy

Architecture of rational Europe. The most important is Architecture

The EMG publishing house is proud to announce the launch of the book „The Architecture of Rational Europe” by Łukasz Wojciechowski. This is the fifth volume of the series „Most Important Architecture”. The launch event for the book was held on 10 April 2019.

Architektura racjonalnej Europy

„The Architecture of a Rational Europe” uncovers ideas related to architectural history that have not been previously published in Polish literature. The book describes the development of architecture in the context of social, historical, political and civilizational changes from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Łukasz Wojciechowski, in mapping important historical events from that period on to architecture, examines the physical and lasting results of changing ideologies and their manifestation in the form of buildings, settlements and cities.

Although „The Architecture of Rational Europe” is focused on a tight set of architecture-related issues, it also represents a thoughtful and personal meditation. The book is a work of deep thinking and research and yet it is fundamentally accessible, appealing to anyone seeking a reexaminination of architecture and its historical import. In his review of particular buildings in historical context, readers will discover an „architectural sum” of the most significant manifestations of human activity.

It is often said that architecture is the image of the civilization that created it. In order to understand architecture — public buildings, housing, open spaces and other works — it is worth knowing the context in which it arises. Łukasz Wojciechowski’s book explores important issues around modernity (commonly referred to as post-industrial revolution) and architecture’s physical projection in the form of completed buildings — as well as ideas that remained only on paper.
— Piotr Lewicki, Kazimierz Łatak
The series is dedicated to the memory of Professor Tomasz Mańkowski, architect.

Architecture of a rational Europe
Series: The most important is Architecture, volume V
EMG Publisher, Krakow 2019
Soft cover with wings
page 152
Format: 168×210 mm
Price: PLN 39.00

Premiere: 10 April 2019

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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