Przejdź do menu głównego | Przejdź do treści | Przejdź do wyboru wielkości czcionki | Przejdź do mapy strony | Przejdź do osób | Przejdź do wiadomości | Przejdź do wydarzeń | Przejdź do instytucji | Przejdź do wyszukiwarki wydarzeń |

Kapuściński
Agony. Doctors and Patients in Critical Condition (Agonia. Lekarze i pacjenci w stanie krytycznym)
Paweł Kapusta

published by Wielka Litera

Who will heal the ailing system?
"Agony" opens with a famed reportage about paramedics working in ambulances for beggarly wages, first published in Virtual Poland (Wirtualna Polska). It is the first book in the history of our Award that comes out of online journalism. Written in powerful, fast, ragged style by an author mainly reporting on sports, it reads like a description of a boxing match. The book consists of 11 texts about the malfunctioning healthcare system and the people who struggle with it on both sides. Doctors, interns and nurses must make an extreme effort to save lives. Many leave the country in search of more dignified working conditions. Each one of us might need their help. Who will save us when we are in agony?
William Brand

Of death and resurrection

Juror Nina Witoszek writes on ‘Agonia. Lekarze i pacjenci w stanie krytycznym’ (‘Agony. Doctors and Patients in Critical Condition’) by Paweł Kapusta

“It’s hard to be rescuing someone when life spills all over and drops from the fifth to the fourth floor…” – this is the beginning of Agony by Paweł Kapusta, a masterpiece of a reportage, written as if to the signal of an ambulance, often breathless, only sometimes pausing to express the inexpressible: pain, death, departure, humiliation, or a miracle of a life restored. The author gives the voice to the people who work for starvation wages: paramedics, nurses, doctors falling off their legs. He writes about a triple agony: of the patients, of those, who are supposed to help them and of the entire system – exposing the best and the worst aspects of human nature. Kapusta’s reportage is universal, valid beyond the terrifying reality of Polish healthcare. It speaks about the danger of dehumanized medicine, paralyzed by absurd bureaucratic procedures and threated by a deepening insensitivity of overworked doctors: it is a crisis that readers from the wealthiest countries will also recognize. The author combines great dramaturgy with the ability to uncover the fragile beauty of human altruism on the bottom of the greatest misery.

Nina Witoszek

Book

Agony. Doctors and Patients in Critical Condition (Agonia. Lekarze i pacjenci w stanie krytycznym)
Paweł Kapusta

published by Wielka Litera