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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk ,. Jennifer Croft Goodreads Author Translator. From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, Flights interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration.

A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, a From the incomparably original Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, Flights interweaves reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration.

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? Olga Tokarczuk is a Nobel Laureate. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published August 14th by Riverhead Books first published September More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flights , please sign up. What is this confusion about the Man Booker? A friend on Twitter said that Flights got it. The blurb on the cover of Flights at my library says "Winner of the Man Booker.

Two distinct competitions. Flights won the International Prize. See all 4 questions about Flights…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Flights. Now the winner of the Man Booker International prize , 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 is more of an uncategorisable mixture of short pieces varying in length from a single sentence to over 30 pages.

On the whole the longer pieces are short stories and the shorter ones thoughts, observations and quirky pieces of sci Now the winner of the Man Booker International prize , which was well deserved. On the whole the longer pieces are short stories and the shorter ones thoughts, observations and quirky pieces of science or history.

Tokarczuk has a questing curiosity which is equally at home discussing travel, exploration, the history of anatomy and the science and ethics of preservation techniques such as plastination. The thematic logic is sometimes opaque but becomes clearer as the book proceeds.

Like short stories, the component chapters are best read in a single sitting. I would have liked a table of contents to make it easier to find suitable break points, and I decided to create my own, which I have included as an appendix below. There are also 12 rather intriguing historical maps scattered among the text and once again their relevance is a little unclear.

One of the most striking pieces appears near the end. It treats the uncontrollable spread of plastics in the modern world as a study in evolution - the bag becomes an ultra successful organism which spreads by anemophily wind pollination.

This is a unique, fascinating and thought-provoking book. Highly recommended. View all 24 comments. I n 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 that splits the earth into daytime and nightime, bright time and dark time.

It's no surpr I n the profusion of images and metaphors that make up this book, one image stands out. It's no surprise then that Olga Tokarczuk's wunderkammer of a book is full of contrasts, that it's a treasure chest with a bright side and a dark side. No surprise at all. Because for every episode that celebrates life, there's another that celebrates death. Tokarczuk invites us to travel across the azure of the heavens on one page, while on the next, she drags us through Stygian underworlds.

Her pen needles our emotions and memories, and strikes right into our hearts. But her subject is bigger than you or me. As she moves across the globe, she examines the places she visits with an anatomist's eye. She shows us that places too can have circulation systems, lungs, and a beating heart. Because this book is a giant anatomy lesson. And the body on the table is the Earth itself. View all 61 comments.

In this case the pilgrim is in pieces, broken down. So be patient with me while I am trying to -clumsily- explain the impact Flights had on me.

In a magnificent translation by Jennifer Croft, Flights is a modern Odyssey of the human being amidst eternal journeys from country to country but, most importantly, within ourselves. Anatomy and transportation are combined to demonstrate the continuous search, the change, the fight for self-discovery. Individual stories, taking place over different eras, born out of curiosity and despair.

She focuses on issues that reflect the strangest aspects of traveling and searching for the destination that would mean the end of a fulfilling journey. Or not. The apartment thinks its owner has died.

Tokarczuk refers to the Recurrent Detoxification Syndrome, the need of the human mind to return to certain images no matter how disturbing or repulsive they may be. Another interesting point has to do with the apartment that is left behind, locked and dark, when we depart for a journey, leaving our shelter silent and lifeless. What do we recall when we think of e. Each one of us forms a unique, personal picture based on experience, education, and various cultural influences.

The richness and power of Flights lie in the characters and their journeys. I was confused, moved and horrified by the story of Kunicki, a Polish businessman, whose wife and son disappear for three days and for unknown reasons while vacationing in a Croatian island.

They seemed too detached, almost nihilistic, but this is of little importance. Flights should be an undisputed reading choice, a book that can be read while on a journey, in an airport while the night is falling, in a hotel room overlooking the distant glimpses of the city lights. Olga Tokarczuk and Jennifer Croft are here to be your powerful guides.

All the doors are closed, hatched down, blinds lowered. My own presence is the only thing with a distinct outline now, an outline that quivers and undulates, and in so doing, hurts. View all 25 comments. Sep 12, Canadian rated it it was ok Shelves: europe , human-body-anatomy-and-physiology , literary-fiction , poland-polish , travel-transportation.

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk review – the ways of wanderers

Flights is a fragmentary novel by the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. It was originally published in Polish as Bieguni. The book was translated into English by Jennifer Croft. Set between the 17th and 21st centuries, the novel is a "philosophical rumination on modern-day travel". The novel won the Man Booker International Prize in , marking the first time a Polish author received the award.

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O ne of the fragment-chapters in this fascinating novel of fragments tells of a man who takes a particular book on his travels: a short one by the French-Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran. This reflects the existential preoccupations of Flights , whose central recurring tropes are physical movement, the mortal body and the meaning of home. It is a novel of intuitions as much as ideas, a cacophony of voices and stories seemingly unconnected across time and space, which meander between the profound and the facetious, the mysterious and the ordinary, and whose true register remains one of glorious ambiguity. I first read this novel in Bulgarian translation, where the original Polish title has been kept: Bieguni. The bieguni , or wanderers, are an obscure and possibly fictional Slavic sect who have rejected settled life for an existence of constant movement, in the tradition of the travelling yogi, wandering dervishes or itinerant Buddhist monks who survive on the kindness of strangers. And so she takes us to creepy basement museums where anatomical pathologies are preserved in jars; to lurid exhibitions of skinned human bodies; and deep into the minds and bodies of characters real and imagined, sometimes both.

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