The Novel “Ości” (Fishbones) was elected book of the year 2013 with the following comment: “Ignacy Karpowicz was looking for a Polish novel with three components: here, now and we but he couldn’t find. Then he wrote it himself. So appeared the novel “ Fishbones”.
The characters in Karpowicz books come from Poland’s middle class and represent a wide spectrum of attitudes and views. The novel “ Fishbones” mirrors the life in the big city. The author observes the changes in the Polish society and its traditions. He shows new configurations in the society, for example, how the traditional family turns in open relationships or how people who up to now were outsiders such as homo- and transsexual are accepted. “ Fishbones” is a highly humorous story about the need for close-ness and kind-ness, and perhaps, most importantly, about other-ness. Karpowicz writes a book that actively engages with the world, in creating a kind of ideal society — open to difference, tolerant, free of prejudices.