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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk


Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Aug 14, 2018 | 416 Pages
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Praise for Olga Tolkarczuk and Flights:

“A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald.” Annie Proulx

“Tokarczuk is one of Europe’s most daring and original writers, and this astonishing performance is her glittering, bravura entry in the literature of ideas… A select few novels possess the wonder of music, and this is one of them…An international, mercurial, and always generous book, to be endlessly revisited.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Disarming and wonderfully encouraging…Croft’s translation from Polish is light as a feather yet captures well the economy and depth of Tokarczuk’s deceptively simple style. A welcome reminder of how love drives out fear and also a worthy Man Booker International winner for 2018.”—The Millions (Most Anticipated of 2018)

 is a small opening into a universe of other possibilities, a journey to a new and unfamiliar landscape. After reading this beautiful and extraordinarily wise book, readers may find themselves catching a literary version of Tokarczuk’s travel bug, seeking—in an image that recurs throughout the novel—the edge of the world, where the celestial spheres and all the stars of the firmament can be seen, stretching into the infinite.” —World Literature Today

“An indisputable masterpiece…Punctuated by maps and figures, the discursive novel is reminiscent of the work of Sebald. The threads ultimately converge in a remarkable way, making this an extraordinary accomplishment.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred)

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

“One among a very few signal European novelists of the past quarter-century.” —The Economist

“A household name in Poland and one of Europe”s major humanist writers, [with] echoes of W. G. Sebald [and] Milan Kundera, Tokarczuk inhabits a rebellious, playful register very much her own. . . . Flights is a passionate and enchantingly discursive plea for meaningful connectedness. . . . I can think of no better travel companion in these turbulent, fanatical times.” —The Guardian

“Thoughtful, ironic…Tokarczuk has a sly sense of humor…A welcome introduction to a major author and a pleasure for fans of contemporary European literature.” Kirkus Reviews

“A brilliant, experimental tour de force…[Tokarczuk’s] known in Poland for her mythical prose style, and Jennifer Croft, to her immense credit, has beautifully translated this quality into English: Flights is filled with liquid, mellifluous prose.” —The London Magazine

“Every sentence lands with the artful cadence of a poet.” Deborah Levy, author of Swimming Home

“An ambitious work . . . Tokarczuk is a cheerful, garrulous narrator. Her casual style recalls the prose of Eula Biss or Susana Moreira Marques, and . . . Rebecca Solnit. . . . This is a book about rootlessness in the grandest sense– which is to say it is a book about mortality. The Times Literary Supplement

“Centred on travel as a 21st-century modus vivendi, it invites you to reassess the notions of home and away.” —The Spectator

“…both a novel and an intricate anatomy of travel, occupying a playfully ambiguous zone between fiction and non-fiction.” —The New Statesman

“Tokarczuk’s peerless travel guide is actually a guide to living…This is as brilliant and life-affirming as literature gets…After reading this book, you’ll likely never see the world the same again.The Saturday Paper

“An extraordinary book that roams in space and time, and is lucid and full of curiosity. I wish I could write like her.Irish Times


Man Booker International Prize AWARD 2018

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