Born In: Łódź, Poland
Andrzej Sapkowski is a Polish writer, a novelist, and a former economist, best known for writing the best-selling book series titled The Witcher. Born and raised in Lodz, Poland, Andrzej was an avid reader as a kid, and his love for reading was instilled in him by his parents, who were also keen readers. Following his graduation in economics from the University of Lodz, he began working as a traveling salesman. In the mid-1980s, he participated in a writing contest for the Fantastyka magazine and won the third prize for writing the fantasy short story titled The Witcher. The story became widely popular after it was published in the magazine, and Andrzej was further compelled to write more short stories based in the same universe. The short story collections The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny became hugely successful, further compelling Andrzej to write full-length novels. The first of the novels was released in 1994 with title Blood of Elves, which also turned out to be widely successful. Five more sequels followed, and it became a cult classic book series. A successful video game series is based on The Witcher along with a 2019 Netflix series with the same title. Andrzej is also known for writing the Hussite Trilogy, which is a fantastical retelling of the Hussite-Wars of the 15th century.
children: Krzysztof Sapkowski
Born Country: Poland
Notable Alumni: University Of Łódź
education: University Of Łódź
Andrzej Sapkowski was born on June 21, 1948, in Lodz, Poland, into a middle-class household. He enrolled in local schools and began writing short stories when he was still a child.
The neighborhood where he grew up had an amalgamation of multiple cultures, and Andrzej grew up with friends from many different communities, which also broadened his worldview and shaped his artistic sensibilities. Through mingling with those communities, he also came to know folklores of many cultures, which greatly helped him when he became a fantasy writer.
His parents were avid readers, and as a result, his house was almost always filled with books of all kinds. Thus, Andrzej himself became a voracious reader and especially liked books related to mythical creatures and fantasies.
However, despite being interested in reading and writing, Andrzej never thought of ever becoming a full-time author. He attended the University of Lodz and graduated with a degree in economics, which was a safe career option.
He worked at many corporate jobs after graduating college. In the mid-1980s, he was working as a traveling salesman selling furs. But in the meantime, he was also constantly writing short stories and trying to get them published. He was also well versed in many languages and often carried many books with him while traveling, reading them whenever he could.
Andrzej Sapkowski is very secretive about his personal life. He is a married man and had a son named Krzysztof, who passed away in 2019, from cancer. Andrzej has said that his son was a fantasy lover and was a regular reader of the Fantastyka magazine.
He currently lives in Lodz, and his hometown is located in Central Poland.
He is a feminist and believes that women are in general stronger than men. This also explains the frequently appearing powerful and intelligent female characters in his books.
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