An English Translation of "365 Days" Is Coming to Bookstores

Elena Nicolaou
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From Oprah Magazine

  • The Netflix movie sensation 365 Dni (or 365 Days in English) was based on a series of Polish-language books by Blanka Lipinska.

  • Lipinska, a makeup artist, has become one of Poland's highest-paid authors.

  • In 2021, an English-language translation of Lipinska's 365 Days will hit shelves, with the sequel arriving in 2022.

Until now, reading the book that inspired Netflix's 365 Days wasn't a possibility—unless you were already fluent in Polish, or willing to scour the Internet for an unofficial translation. The steamy movie is based on a series of Polish-language erotic novels by Blanka Lipińska, first published in 2018.

Come 2021, Lipinska's book will be available to read in English. The first of the trilogy's novels will be published in January 2021 by Atria's Emily Bestler books; the second, That Day, will come out in 2022, potentially at the same time as the movie sequel, which was confirmed by the movie's star Michele Morrone.

"I'm so pleased to bring this worldwide sensation to American readers. They are in for a shocking and romantic adventure," Emily Bestler, SVP and Publisher of Emily Bestler Books, said in a statement.

365 Days derives its title from the story's twisted premise. While on vacation in Sicily, a Polish woman named Laura is kidnapped by Massimo, a mafia don convinced she is the love of his life. If Laura doesn't reciprocate the feeling within a year, she's free to go.

Reader, she stays—a decision that inspired outrage and think-pieces galore after 365 Days hit Netflix. The shockingly graphic movie was critiqued for its glorification of toxic masculinity, and for turning kidnapping into a kind of romantic fantasy. Despite its dismal 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, 365 Days was an undeniable hit: The movie reigned supreme on Netflix's Top 10 chart for two weeks, and inspired curiosity about the original erotic novels.

For their BDSM-twinged sex scenes and their glowering billionaire romantic lead, Lipinska's novels are often referred to as Poland's 50 Shades of Grey. The first two books, 365 Dni (365 Days) and Ten dzień (That Day), were both published in 2018. The third and final book, Kolejne 365 dni (Another 365 Days), came out in 2019—shocking, and angering, readers with its surprise ending. Let's just say that Massimo isn't the only billionaire Laura falls for.

While divisive, the books are an undeniable success. The series catapulted 35-year-old Lipinska from a makeup artist to one of her country's highest paid authors. With the English translation forthcoming, Lipinska is on her way to being a household name around the world. Given Netflix's global reach, there is likely a demand for translations into languages other than English, too.

Just as her characters were thrust into the spotlight, Lipinska herself might become an international literary star. Frankly, that might be the most exciting part of this progression—more Lipinska. Based on her official bio, the author seems like a total character herself.

"A chef by passion, a make-up artist by education, a therapist and hypnotist by trade, a night-club manager by occupation, and a member of the KSW MMA Federation. She’s an author out of desire rather than necessity and writes for fun instead of money. She loves tattoos, values truthfulness, and treasures altruism. Annoyed with the lack of openness about sex, she took it upon herself to start a discussion about the many sides of love. She likes to say that talking about sex is as easy as preparing dinner."

Night-club manager? Hypnotist? MMA fighter? Best-selling author? Cover girl? Get us a romance novel about Lipinska next! There's even a plot available—based on her Instagram, Lipinska also appears to be in a relationship with Alek Baron, a Polish musician and judge of The Voice.

In addition to getting to know Lipinska, news of 365 Days' impending English-language translation has also given us another thing to look forward to: Seeing how the translator approaches Massimo's oft-repeated catchphrase: "Are you lost, baby girl?"

Can't wait until 2021? Here's the infamous yacht scene to tide you over.

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