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Flights Flights, which was awarded Poland s biggest literary prize in , is a novel about travel in the twenty first century and human anatomy From the seventeenth century, we have the story of the real Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg, discovering in so doing the Achilles tendon From the eighteenth century, we have the story of a North African born slave turned Austrian courtier stuffed and put on display after his death in spite of his daughter s ever desperate protests, as well as the story of Chopin s heart as it makes the covert journey from Paris to Warsaw, stored in a tightly sealed jar beneath his sister s skirt supports From the present we have the trials and tribulations of a wife accompanying her much older professor husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, or the quest of a Polish woman who immigrated to New Zealand as a teen but must now return in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, or the slow descent into madness of a young husband whose wife and child mysteriously vanished on a vacation on a Croatian island and then appeared again with no explanation These narratives are interspersed with short bursts of analysis that enrich and connect them, including digressions on relics, travel sized cosmetics, belly dancing, maps, the Maori, Wikipedia, Cleopatra, Ataturk, the effects of airports on the psyche, and many rich and varied topics Perfectly intertwining travel narratives and reflections on travel with observations on the body and on life and death, Olga Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and deeper and deeper


10 thoughts on “Flights

  1. says:

    Now the winner of the Man Booker International prize 2018, which was well deserved. This is my third book from the Man Booker International prize shortlist and might just be my new favourite book of the year so far.Whether or not this is a novel is debatable It isof an uncategorisable mixture of 116 short pieces varying in length from a single sentence to over 30 pages On the whole the longer piece


  2. says:

    In the profusion of images and metaphors that make up this book, one image stands out That I m now using it as an opening for the review is apt, because the image I m thinking of is a line, as in the first stroke a pen makes on a blank sheet of paper Or the line made by a jet stream, dividing the sky in two Or the stroke made by an anatomist s scalpel on virgin skin Or indeed the line made by the shadow


  3. says:

    Each of my pilgrimages aims at some other pilgrim In this case the pilgrim is in pieces, broken down This might very well be the first time that I have no clear picture in my head regarding this review Flights is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and this is one of those cases where the verb like and its negative form can t retain any significant meaning So be patient with me while I am tryi


  4. says:

    Rating 2.5This is a book that demands a lot of mental work and, at slightlythan 400 pages, a considerable time investment While I don t exactly regret reading it which is something, I suppose, I was far less impressed with it than most I d like to haveto show for my time than I do This is a fragmented, chaotic, and even careless book roughly organized around the topics of travel and anatomy As advertised, it is not a


  5. says:

    An essayistic work of fiction about travel, anatomy, and time, Flights meditates on what it means to embrace wandering as a way of life A few lengthy stories about travelers and migrants comprise the bulk of the collection, but between these the author intersperses many short sketches, essays, anecdotes, and facts Some have taken issue with the shorter pieces, but I found both kinds of work to be hit or miss In spite of th


  6. says:

    From our new Nobel laureate.Now the winner of the Shadow Man Booker International Prize from a panel of reviewers and bloggers, including myself, and also winner of the official Man Booker International Prize My photo of author and translator after I handed them our shadow jury prize Highly recommended Throughout this beautiful chaos, threads of meaning spread in all directions, networks of strange logic.His eyes attentively pro


  7. says:

    A philosophical meditation in anatomy, time and travel, all three are intrinsically linked throughout The book is filled with odd stories and even stranger characters Although some of the stories really trigger some emotional responses, this book did feel heavy There s lots to digest here It was most definitely a slog at times I often caught myself absent mindedly reading Not a good sign I did rather enjoy the brief snippets of passag


  8. says:

    Audiobook read by Julia Whelan Winner of the Man Booker PrizeThis is my first book by Oga Tokarczuk a Polish author The stories gave me the visuals of roaming traveling without a permanent plan yet wishing for inner peace and tribal connections.The blurb tells of the nitty gritty specifics..me I enjoyed Julia Whelan s voice picking up on emotions just letting my imagination sync with the stories I was reminded of my travel days wondering st


  9. says:

    Gosh What a load of disjointed tripe Not a novel Not a book More like the author collected all kinds of things personal notes, FB statuses, random thoughts,random scramblings and mixed it all together into some sort of text Extremely dull, disjointed ramblings on all sorts of things It could be read but personally I don t find it very interesting or illuminating Overhyped graphomania, nothing , nothing less.DNFing this.


  10. says:

    Now deserving Nobel LaureateAge all in your mind Gender grammatical I actually buy my books in paperback, so that I can leave them without remorse on the platform, for someone else to find I don t collect anythingThis book can be a kind of bible for the people with restless legs people whose biggest fear that they will have to spend all their life in one place to whom travel is the religion, road is the home and their own house merely a comfortable hot


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