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Flights

Label
Flights
Title
Flights
Statement of responsibility
by Olga Tokarczuk ; translated by Jennifer Croft
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Contributor
PHSoScn9LyA
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Winner, 2018 Man Booker International Prize'One among a very few signal European novelists of the past quarter-century.' EconomistFlights is a series of imaginative and mesmerising meditations on travel in all its forms, not only the philosophy and meaning of travel, but also fascinating anecdotes that take us out of ourselves, and back to ourselves.Olga Tokarczuk brilliantly connects travel with spellbinding anecdotes about anatomy, about life and death, about the very nature of humankind. Thrilling characters and stories abound: the Russian sect who escape the devil by remaining constantly in motion; the anatomist Verheyen who writes letters to his amputated leg; the story of Chopin's heart as it makes its journey from Paris to Warsaw, stored in a tightly sealed jar beneath his sister's skirt; the quest of a Polish woman who emigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high-school sweetheart...You will never read anything like this extraordinary, utterly original, mind-expanding book. Many consider Tokarczuk to be the most important Polish writer of her generation and Flights is one of those rare books that seems to conjure life itself out of the air.Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland's best and most beloved authors. In 2015 she received the Brueckepreis and the prestigious annual literary award from Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as Poland's highest literary honor, the Nike, and the Nike Readers' Prize. Tokarczuk also received a Nike in 2009 for Flights. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into a dozen languages.Jennifer Croft is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.'A magnificent writer.'Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate 2015'Tokarczuk examines questions of travel in our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world...Trained as a psychologist, Tokarczuk is interested in what connects the human soul and body. It is a leitmotif that, despite the apparent lack of a single plot, tightly weaves the text's different strands—of fiction, memoir and essay—into a whole.' Spectator'An indisputable masterpiece.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)'Flights is a passionate and enchantingly discursive plea for meaningful connectedness, for the acceptance of "fluidity, mobility, illusoriness".' Guardian'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...Flights is an international, mercurial, and always generous book, to be endlessly revisited. Like a glorious, charmingly impertinent travel companion, it reflects, challenges, and rewards.' LA Review of Books'Flights itself is a cabinet of curiosities, of "moments, crumbs, fleeting configurations"...The individual vignettes are themselves sculpted, and anchoring...Each self-enclosed account is tightly conceived and elegantly modulated, the language balletic, unforced.' New York Times'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...Flights is an international, mercurial, and always generous book, to be..
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Summary
A meditative collection from Poland explores themes of travel, movement and existentialism in stories that feature protagonists who question their shifting perspectives in time and space as they tackle extreme agendas.
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Writing style
Award
  • Man Booker International Prize, 2018.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
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Cataloging source
ANL
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1962-
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  • Tokarczuk, Olga
  • Croft, Jennifer
Dewey number
891.8538
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Croft, Jennifer
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Flights
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:5363fc6a-5d4f-4cff-a515-cf176b96d504
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925626223
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Flights
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:5363fc6a-5d4f-4cff-a515-cf176b96d504
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925626223
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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