Category: Book
Translated By: Croft, Jennifer
By (author): Tokarczuk, Olga
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Magical Realism
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Riverhead
Published: August 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 1.03in
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From The Publisher*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

A visionary work of fiction with "echoes of Sebald [and] Kundera . . . [There's] no better travel companion in these turbulent, fanatical times" (The Guardian).

A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. 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.
Review Quote*Praise for Olga Tolkarczuk and Flights:

"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

"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
Biographical NoteOlga Tokarczuk is one of Poland's most celebrated and beloved authors, a two-time winner of her country's highest literary honor, the Nike. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into a dozen languages. Her work has appeared in n +1, BOMB, and Asymptote.