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

“[Tokarczuk] seems to pour the contents of her incandescent mind onto the page…. Some bits read like campfire tales — stories of an inebriated, Moby-Dick-quoting ferryboat captain gone rogue on his daily route, or a foolish prince straight out of Arabian Nights…. Taken all together, Flights has the quality of a dream…. It’s magical: electrifying, strange, and sensationally alive.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[There’s] no better travel companion in these turbulent, fanatical times.” —The Guardian

Flights functions more like a cabinet of curiosities, the kind which served as a precursor to natural history museums. Within drawers of different sizes, curious onlookers might find animal and botanical specimens, minerals, and man-made objects… Flights is like opening drawer after drawer and discovering similar treasures… There is also a sense of the odd, of the surreal, right around the corner… for those who like traveling beyond the edges of the map.” NPR

“A beautifully fragmented look at man’s longing for permanence … ambitious and complex.” —Washington Post
“An unclassifiable medley of linked fictions and essays.… Reading it is like being a passenger on a long trip…. It’s amusing, exciting…. It moves… to moments of intense interest and beauty.” Wall Street Journal

“Provide[s] food for thought about what makes us move and what makes us tick.… Travel may broaden the mind, but this travel-themed book stimulates it.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“This hypnotizing new novel about travel, movement, and the complexities of distance deserves a place on every bookshelf. It already brings with it heaps of praise—it won the Man Booker International Prize this year—but awards or no, readers should approach Flights with wide open minds and discover the book’s profound meditations for themselves.” Southern Living

“Travel writing usually presents a linear narrative—as departures and returns easily correspond with beginnings and endings. But Tokarczuk complicates this. Her characters, like the book’s episodic structure, resist neat demarcations. They prefer to wander in loops and circles…The book is like a map: including disparate parts not because they cause or connect to each other, but because their contours help clarify a wider, impersonal whole. In this way, Tokarczuk shows that even the loneliest traveler fits into a bigger scheme.” Bookforum 

“[A] novel on the increasing mobility of 21st-century life, those who isolate themselves, who want to limit their movement and interactions with others, are only living half a life. Everybody is part of a worldwide network of beings, a worldwide live chain, dependent on people they will never meet for everyday necessities, whether they acknowledge it or not. … Whereas what lingers of Sebald’s works are the emotions he conjures up, what lingers of Tokarczuk are her ideas.” —The Millions

“This host of haunting narratives teases the mind and taunts the soul… exhilarating.” —Library Journal


Man Booker International Prize AWARD 2018

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