Words. Language. Story structure.

to the power of N

There’s a huge difference between speaking and telling stories. Despite what you may think, our language did not evolve so that we could communicate effectively. It evolved so that we could roam in larger groups. It’s not about just telling others where to find food (animals can communicate on such level, too). It’s about getting enough of us to go there.

This is not a simple how-to-tell-stories kind of book. Because — again, despite what some people tell you — there is no simple way to tell a story. You need proper building blocks — words, metaphors, archetypes, story structures… And this book walks you through all of those building blocks. It will not give you a simple recipe. It will give you the broadest possible view of these blocks.

Narratology first appeared in Polish, published by a renowned National Scientific Publishing. It became an instant best seller. Even today, a year from its premiere, it still is in publisher’s Top 10 best sellers list. So if your view of storytelling was shaped by the English-speaking authors, give yourself an edge and see the broader picture.

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the praise (polish edition)

It looks thin. Reminds you of a brochure with thick pages. But after you’ve read the first couple of sentences you know you hit upon an exceptional book. This book brims with knowledge. I think I will come back to it many times. First reading is but a brushing the surface. Patryk Wójcik

I really enjoyed reading this seemingly inconspicuous book. It is the real source of knowledge, the social psychology 101 supported by real-life examples, based on human emotions. I honestly applaud the author who was able to charge small stories with huge emotions. Elle

Narratology does not provide you with a simple answer: “your story should be that and that”. It is the creator who has to gather the building blocks and combine them into a coherent, emotional and memorable whole. So if you’re interested in telling stories and influencing your readers, viewers, listeners — this is the book for you. Pani Kultura