Flights

Flights

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2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION

A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx)

"A magnificent writer." --Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize-winning author of Secondhand Time

"A beautifully fragmented look at man's longing for permanence.... Ambitious and complex." --Washington Post

From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, Flights interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. Chopin's heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller's answer.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525534198
0525534199
Branch Call Number: TOK
Characteristics: 403 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Croft, Jennifer (Translator)
Authors: Tokarczuk, Olga, 1962-
Title: Flights
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
Edition: First American edition.
Characteristics: 403 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Short stories.
Translation of: Bieguni.
Contents: Here I am
World in your head
Your head in the world
Syndrome
Cabinet of curiosities
Seeing is knowing
Seven years of trips
Guidance from Cioran
Kunicki: water (I)
Benedictus, quivenit.
Local Note: 1 5 7 8 11 12
Additional Contributors: Croft, Jennifer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780525534198
0525534199
Branch Call Number: TOK
Statement of Responsibility: Olga Tokarczuk ; translated by Jennifer Croft
Copyright Date: ©2017
LCCN: 2017039765
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lukasevansherman
Apr 07, 2019

This was a strange one. Based on the jacket copy, Olga Tokarczuk is Poland's greatest living writer. Who am I to argue? This is less a novel and more a kind of miscellany of facts, stories, tangents, travels, and body parts. Did I understand it? Not really, but I enjoyed it. Winner of the Man Booker International Prize.

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jandanis
Mar 29, 2019

May book

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xiaojunbpl12
Mar 13, 2019

Collections of short stories, pastiche, essays, loosely (theme, figure, object, relic, icon, specimen, on the spur of location vs moment) correlated, peripatetic on pages with random insights.
Though delectable passages drew me in right away, several pages through I lost keenness, but bare measurements of circular motions with familiar accounts (e.g. life in Poland and Eastern Bloc) and occasional highlights (e.g. plastination & human anatomy, a Greek/Hellenic scholar on cruise perceived by his younger wife).

It may induce a different effect if I read it on a flight, or along with a real wandering trip.

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Indoorcamping
Jan 19, 2019

If you wrote this for a graduate writing course, I bet you anything you'd get a failing grade. It's so different than what we are supposed to write, plot twists, protagonists, antagonists, form, structure, and well, plot. There are linked short stories and essays, but to me mostly there were like little notes a crazy person would write, if said crazy person was traveling and also into anatomy. The writing itself is rich and astounding, but after a few pages I kept forgetting what I was reading. In fact, I'd have to keep reading over and over again, not sure exactly what I was supposed to be taking away from it.

Eventually I skipped around, reading the essays and observation-like notes as if they were something I had found lying around in an airport, and skipped the rest. Because if you read something over and over, and yet can't understand what you read or can't remember it, eventually you give up.

And I did.

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