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He received Polityka magazine's Literature Passport in 1997.What's more, Sapkowski's popularity is not limited to Poland; his novels have been translated into Russian, English, Czech and German.The saga originated in short forms included in The Witcher / Wiedźmin, The Last Wish / Ostatnie życzenie and The Sword of Destiny / Miecz przeznaczenia.The structural motif of reworking plots from fairy tales, making them darker and more brutal than the original, can be seen in most of his work.“People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They find it easier to live.” ― Andrzej Sapkowski, “Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life.Author of novels and fantasy stories, as well as essays and dictionaries about the fantasy genre - The World of King Arthur, The Dragon Cave Manuscript.
The English translation of Sapkowski's novel Blood of Elves won the David Gemmell Legends Award in 2009.
The main character of The Witcher (alternative translation: The Hexer) is Geralt, a mutant assassin who has been trained since childhood to hunt down and destroy monsters.
Geralt exists in an ambiguous moral universe, yet manages to maintain his own coherent code of ethics.
Andrzej Sapkowski, born June 21, 1948 in Łódź, is a Polish fantasy writer.
Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company.