Literature

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Agora offers its readers interesting series and one-off publications indispensable during studies, work, in one's free time and during a journey. Agora's publications include fiction and non-fiction books, lexicons and encyclopedias, books on history and economics as well as handbooks and guidebooks. Agora offers also audiobooks - books in mp3 format. Agora's series of audiobooks entitled: "Mistrzowie słowa' ("Masters of the word") was a pioneer projects among Polish publishers and gave impulse to the development of this form of publication. Agora's publishing house was the first one on the Polish market to offer minibooks - short texts in the form of digital book, which is popular on English and American market.

Some of the books and series are prepared in cooperation with other publishers, inter alia: PWN, Editorial Planeta DeAgostini, Osrodek KARTA and Dom Spotkan z Historia.

Fiction and non-fiction literature

Output of Agora's Special projects includes book series and one-off publications in fiction and non-fiction literature including, inter alia, the series of all books written by Stanisław Lem, the greatest masterpieces by Ryszard Kapuscinski and Tadeusz Konwicki and 21 volume series of the most important dramas by William Shakespeare produced by the BBC television.

Among Agora's publications one can find the bestsellers: " Testimony" - memories of cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz about John Paul II, "Listy na wyczerpanym papierze" by Agnieszka Osiecka and Jeremi Przyboraand "Smierc spoznia sie o minute" with 3 interviews by Teresa Toranska.

In its book publications Agora also reaches for the texts written for "Gazeta Wyborcza" and its magazines - "Duży Format" and "Wysokie Obcasy" (High heels), editing and enriching their content. Such publications include: " Kobiety, które igrały z bogami" - the collection of reports from "Wysokie Obcasy" (High heels), "Twarze Dużego Formatu" - antalogy of the 20 best reports, portraits and interviews published in "Duży Format", as well as "Lapidarium Mistrzów" - a unique publication prepared for the 22 nd anniversary of "Gazeta Wyborcza", consisting of personal reflections of 12 Poles, inter alia, Bronisław Geremek, Zbigniew Herbert and Leszek Kołakowski, who are extremely important for Polish culture, religion, philosophy and politics.

An important part of the Company's publication activity are books presenting renowned figures of Polish contemporary history for example "The leader. My contribution to the biography" by Jarosław Kurski dedicated to Lech Walesa, a comprehensive interview " Geremek talks, Zakowski asks. The year 1989" and "The diary taken by the security force" by A.K Wroblewski as well as publications on controversial issues dating back to the second World War, for example " Wolyn 1943 - 2008. Reconciliation" - set of documents, certificates and analyses published in "Gazeta Wyborcza" or "One need not kill me" by Piotr Gluchowski and Marcin Kowalski

Books for children

Among Agora's publications for children one can find the authorial collection of Agora's monthly "Dziecko" (Child) "The World's most beautiful fairy tales", which recollected the classical fairy tales in the rendering by Magda Umer and Wojciech Mann. The Album "26 fairy tales from Africa" illustrated by Ryszard Kapu¶ciński's photographs brought closer to the readers the original African stories, and the book "The Zoo" with the poems by Jarosław Mikołajewski was awarded in a competition of IBBA's Polish section for beautiful illustrations by Elżbieta Wasiuczynska.

Knowledge and education

Agora published a large number of encyclopedias and lexicons putting into order general knowledge. Among them one can find: "General history of Poland and the World" - a 21 - volume series recommended by professor Norman Davis, "Great encyclopedia of medicine", the collection "Great philosophers" and "The religions of the world" and "Holly books".

Agora published also books explaining, in an easily understood way, the rules of modern economics: the book "20 years have passed" contained interviews with distinguished representatives of the Polish business elite and the publication "The world that has gone mad. The handbook for interesting times" explained mechanisms of the world economic crisis. Among Agora's collection there are also series of vocabularies and "Multicourse" - the multimedia course for simultaneous learning of 5 foreign languages.

Tourism

Within the "Library of Gazeta Wyborcza" several collections of guidebooks and travel books were published. The series entitled "Dream journeys" offered guidebooks to the most beautiful countries in the world, the next collection "Dream cities" presents tourist attractions of the cities and the collection "Holly cities" - the places of cult associated with different religions.

All these publications presenting the history, mystery and magic spots in numerous places were extremely popular among readers. The series " Dream journeys" received an award "Ace of Empik 2006" for the bestseller publication in the category "special projects".

Agora's authorial project are original guidebooks through selected Polish cities, for example" Spacerownik Warszawski" and "Spacerownik Łódzki".

Agora published also the collection entitled "Polish Himalayas" bringing closer to the readers the history of Polish expeditions to Mount Everest as well as daily guidebook by Jarosław Mikołajewski "Rzymska Komedia".

Audiobooks

Agora is a forerunner, among press publishers, in selling audio books in mp3 format. The series of audiobooks initiated by Agora gave the impulse to the development of this form of books publication.

The most important audiobook collection from this literature form is a series of 48 audiobooks entitled "The masters of the word" presenting to the readers remarkable Polish actors, inter alia, Jan Englert, Krzysztof Globisz, Irena Kwiatkowska, Gustaw Holoubek and Jan Kobuszewski with their interpretations of Polish and the world literature as "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller and "Dmuchnij Pan w Balonik" by Julian Tuwim.

The audiobooks supplemented also a very popular collection of the selected works of Ryszard Kapuscinski as so called "postscripts". The following titles were published in the audio form: "The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat", "Shah of Shahs", "The Soccer War" and "Imperium".

The Company publishes also random audiobooks - for example "Rozmowy w tancu" (Conversations during a dance) by Agnieszka Umer, "Ja, Urbanator. Awantury muzyka jazzowego" (Me, Urbanator. The scandals by a jazz musiscian) by Andrzej Makowiecki and the recordings of theater plays. Among them one can name "Chlip Hop" - a spectacle by Magda Umer and Andrzej Poniedzielski, " Nas Troje" by Marek Koterski prepared as part of the theater of radio TOK FM and " Tytus, Romek i A'Tomek" - a radio play referring to a legendary comic book by Papcio Chmiel.

Special publishing projects - websites