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Helena Janeczek

Helena Janeczek

Born in Munich in a Polish Jewish family, Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for over thirty years. With The Girl with the Leica she won the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize. She lives in Milan, Italy.

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Upcoming events

Washington, New York, Toronto, Vancouver
October 19-31
Helena Janeczek will take her Strega Prize winning novel, THE GIRL WITH THE LEICA, about the life of groundbreaking war photographer Gerda Taro, on tour of North America this October.
October 27-30
Helena Janeczek, the Strega Prize winning author of THE GIRL WITH THE LEICA, will be a featured author at this year's TIFA.

Latest reviews

  • “A modern feminist hero’s story...what Janeczek makes us understand with this book is that Gerda was a fundamental element and the living embodiment of the change that was gaining ground in those years.”
    — Daily Art Magazine, Apr 22 2020
  • “In her ambitious historical novel...Janeczek creates a complex portrait of Taro and her friends.”
    — Lilith Magazine, Apr 22 2020
  • “The novel as a whole is a daring attempt to capture the life of a revolutionary woman whose commitment to freedom held firm against the dogmas of her time.” Read the full review in The Guardian
    — The Guardian, Nov 23 2019
  • “Fans of historical fiction featuring strong, forward-thinking female characters will be enthralled.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Oct 4 2019
  • "...a fictional montage of a woman who unabashedly acted out and on her passions: passionately anti-fascist, passionately and lustfully human.”
    — Literary Hub, Oct 2 2019
  • “This mosaic of vignettes and images brings a complex courageous woman back into focus.”
    — BBC Culture, Sep 30 2019
  • “Exceptionally intricate... Janeczek’s demanding, allusion-saturated, multiperspective novel portrays a circle of valiant dissidents and ventures into many spheres, but the focus always swings back to resplendently determined, courageous, and creative Gerda.”...
    — Booklist (Starred Review), Sep 25 2019


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