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The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie) is the first book in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series in terms of internal chronology, although the original Polish edition was published in 1993, after Sword of Destiny. Some of the individual short stories were first published in the Fantastyka magazine or in the Wiedźmin short story collection (the first collection of Sapkowski's stories, out of print and now obsolete; all short stories were later collected in The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny and Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna) and as such were the first witcher stories published.

Audible UK, in conjunction with Orion Books & Gollancz released The Last Wish on audio, February 27, 2014, only a few short weeks after it was announced. The Last Wish is read by Peter Kenny.

Stories included Edit

The anthology employs the story within a story framework and contains seven main short stories.

Geralt, after having been injured in battle, rests in a temple of Melitele in Ellander. During that time he has flashbacks to recent events in his life — each of which forms a story of its own.

TranslationsEdit

  • Flag bulgaria Bulgarian: Вещерът. Последното желание, (ИнфоДар, 2008)
  • Flag czech Czech: Poslední přání, (Leonardo, 1999)
  • Flag germany German: Der letzte Wunsch, (Heyne, 1998)
  • Flag uk Flag USA English: The Last Wish, translated by Danusia Stok (UK – Gollancz, 2007, US – Orbit, 2008)
  • Flag spain Spanish: El último deseo, translated by Jose María Faraldo (Bibliópolis fantástica, 2002)
  • Flag finland Finnish: Viimeinen toivomus, translated by Tapani Kärkkäinen (WSOY 2010)
  • Flag france French: Le Dernier Vœu, (Bragelonne, 2003)
  • Flag hungary Hungarian: Vaják I. – Az utolsó kívánság, translated by Szathmáry-Kellermann Viktória (PlayON 2011)
  • Flag italy Italian: Il Guardiano degli Innocenti, (Nord, 2010)
  • Flag of South Korea Korean: 위처:이성의 목소리, (제우미디어, 2011)
  • Flag Lithuania Lithuanian: Paskutinis noras, (Eridanas, 2005)
  • Flag netherlands Dutch: De Laatste Wens, (Dutch Media Uitgevers, 2010)
  • Flag Brazil Brazilian Portuguese: O Último Desejo, translated by Tomasz Barcinski (WMF Martins Fontes, 2011)
  • Flag russia Russian: Последнее желание, translated by Евгений Вайсброт (АСТ, 1996)
  • Flag serbia Serbian: Последња жеља/Poslednja želja, translated by Olivera Duskov and Milan Duskov (IPS 2009)
  • Flag slovakia Slovak: Zaklínač I.: Posledné želanie translated by Karol Chmel (Plus, 2015)
  • Flag sweden Swedish: Den sista önskningen, (Coltso, 2010)
  • Flag China Traditional Chinese: 獵魔士 - 最後的願望, translated by 林蔚昀 (蓋亞文化, 2011)
  • Flag China Simplified Chinese: 猎魔人卷一:白狼崛起, translated by 小龙 (重庆出版社, 2015)

Audio versions Edit

There are two audio versions of The Last Wish available in Polish. Classic audiobook, lasting about 11 hours and read by Roch Siemianowski, was released by superNOWA (Polish publisher of Sapkowski’s works) in 1996.

In 2011, after huge success of audio play based on Sapkowski’s Narrenturm, Fonopolis and audioteka.pl released audio plays based on The Last Wish and Miecz przeznaczenia. The Last Wish, lasting about 12 hours, was voiced by 52 actors, including Krzysztof Banaszyk (Vernon Roche in Assassins of Kings) as Geralt, Anna Dereszowska as Yennefer, Sławimir Pacek (minor characters in video games) as Dandelion and Krzysztof Gosztyła as narrator. Samples from all short stories can be found on audioteka.pl’s site.

Quotes on this wiki Edit

Bagiński film Edit

A new movie adaptation, announced for 2017 states that it: "will be based on themes from the short stories ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Lesser Evil’ from ‘The Last Wish’ collection. Tomasz Bagiński, who had been nominated for an Oscar for his film, ‘The Cathedral’, will be the director."

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Polish editions Edit

English editions Edit

Other language editions Edit


The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
Short story collections and single novels Wiedźmin (obsolete) • The Last WishSword of DestinyCoś się kończy, coś się zaczyna (Something Ends, Something Begins) • Sezon burz (Season of Storms)
Saga novels Blood of ElvesTime of ContemptBaptism of FireThe Tower of the SwallowLady of the Lake
Video games The WitcherThe Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Other games Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni (PnP RPG) • The Witcher Adventure Game (board game) • The Witcher Battle Arena (MOBA) • The Witcher Role-Playing Game (PnP RPG, upcoming) • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (card game, upcoming)
Other adaptations Wiedźmin (comics) Dynastic descriptions (Sapkowski's notes) • The Hexer (movie & TV series) • Tales from the world of The Witcher (anthology)

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