The Book Institute (IK)
The Book Institute (IK) views the promotion of Polish literature in the world as its main task and it promotes books and book-reading activities in Poland. The Institute encourages translators to translate Polish literature into foreign languages and foreign publishers to publish them. Moreover, it asks organizers of interesting literary events to include writers from Poland.
The objective of the Literature Institute that was founded in 2019 is the implementation of Poland’s cultural policy with regard to contemporary Polish literature. The scope of the Institute’s activity also embraces other art forms that interact with literature, and, moreover, it deals with literature and literary education. The team of the Institute’s employees and collaborators consists of individuals who work with literary issues but also create literature. In order to implement its mission, as one of its programmes, the Institute conducts publishing activity such as the quarterly “Nowy Napis. Liryka, epika, dramat” (New Inscription. Poetry. Epics, Drama”. A permanent series published by the Institute is “Mr. Cogito’s Library” consisting of scientific monographs on modern literature crafted by the most prominent Polish and foreign researchers. Moreover, the Institute publishes books on literature and supports publications by other entities within the framework of the programmes run by the Institute.
The State Publishing Institute (PIW)
The State Publishing Institute (PIW) was founded in 1946 in Warsaw. It publishes the most important works of Polish and world literature including prose, essays and literary reviews and it conducts educational, translation and scientific activities. The main thrust of PIW’s activity is focused on literature, however, the publishing house also publishes essays and works on history. The most well-known series among the latter are “The Lineage of Civilisation”, “The Library of Contemporary Thought” and the “Biographies of Famous People”. The impressive list of books translated into Polish numbers works by Sofocles, Corneille, Racine, Bulhakov, Melville, Shakespeare, Moliere, Tolstoy, Goethe, Byron, Dickinson, Hemingway, Remarque, Camus, Romain Rolland, Stendhal, Zweig, Orwell, Kundera, Hrabal, Hesse, Shaw, Marques, Singer, Eco and many others.