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Bieguni Am I doing the right thing be telling stories Wouldn t it be better to fasten the mind with a clip, tighten the reins and express myself not by means of stories and histories, but with the simplicity of a lecture, where in sentence after sentence a single though gets clarified, and then others are tacked onto it in the succeeding paragraphs I could use quotes and foot notes I would be the mistress of my own text As it is I m taking on the role of midwife, or of the tender of a garden whose only merit is at best sowing seeds and later to fight tediously against weeds Tales have a kind of inherent inertia that is impossible to fully control They require people like me insecure, indecisive, easily led astray This book is published by one of the leading UK small presses, Fitzcarraldo Editions an independent publisher their words specialising in contemporary fiction and long form essays it focuses on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language Their novels are my words distinctively and beautifully styled, with plain, deep blue covers and a French flap style They are also my experience typically complex, lengthy and dense and as a result admirable and worth than tru 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 Highly recommended Throughout this beautiful chaos, threads of meaning spread in all directions, networks of strange logic.His eyes attentively probe their constellations, positionings, the directions they point in, the shapes they make.Flights published by perhaps the UK s finest publisher, Fitzcarraldo Editions and wonderfully translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft who translates from Argentinian Spanish as well as Polish is the first Olga Tokarczuk novel I have read but certainly won t be the last The Polish original was entitled Bieguni after a peculiar possibly apocryphal sect who believed that the only way to escape the power of the Antichrist was to avoid stability anything that has a stable place in this world every county, church, every human government, everything that has a preserved form in this hell is at his command he who rules the world has no power over movement and knows that our body in motion is holy, and only then can you escape him, once you ve taken off. Although this title could have been used in English, Jennifer Croft took the decision to change Flights, Which Was Awarded Poland S Biggest Literary Prize In 2008, 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 My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.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 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 passages where the author concentrated on the musings and observations of modern day travel At times the stories got too technical and scientifically specific, the anatomy lessons in particular became a little overwhelming for me, it reminded me why I failed miserably in Science, it was hard to keep my concentration the whole way through Some stories felt well composed others particularly the ancient historical ones did nothing for me or my appreciation Rating 2.5This is a book that demands a lot of mental work and, at slightly than 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 have to 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 traditional or conventional novel perhaps not a novel at all It s a collection of loosely connected stories many of them inconclusive , anecdotes, facts, a lot of pseudo facts information that masquerades as having a foundation in reality , ruminations, and attempts at playfulness, cleverness some of them self conscious or self referential It seems that Tokarczuk did a fair bit of consulting of Wikipedia and who knows what other sources to create her book She marvels at the online, collaborative encyclopaedia than once in Flights Whatever the case, a lot of the information Tokarczuk present 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 streets of Tel Aviv or Afghanistan observing other people and being observed I learned the big lesson from traveling for two years outside the United States years ago which I thought about with these stories You take yourself with you no matter where you go no matter how far you run I enjoyed the writing the uniqueness the stories themselves and the precise feeling that things are the exactly the way they are in the moment but not what we wish them to be Feelings of running as if taking a train to a new city might help being loss hoping for understanding and better daysno permanence but searching wondering and desiring how feeling settled with home might be Ha I can say today..,Home feels better than roaming off for years but I m not regretful for those lonely years either.of moving from one place to the next day in and day out.Today, though, I at least have the illusion of feeling I ve found my place in the world I can t possibly be confident that I fully comprehended Age 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 hotel The narrator is one such personStanding there on the embankment, staring into the current, I realized that in spite of all the risks involved a thing in motion will always be better than a thing at rest that change will always be a nobler thing than permanence that that which is static will degenerate and decay, turn to ash, while that which is in motion is able to last for all eternity From then on, the river was like a needle inserted into my formerly safe and stable surroundings, the landscape comprised of the park, the greenhouses with their vegetables that grew in sad little rows, and the pavement with its concrete slabs where we would go to play hopscotch This needle went all the way through, marking a vertical third dimension so pierced, the landscape of my childhood world turned out to be nothing than a toy made of rubber from which all the air was escaping, with a hissThere is a small percentage of people who are willing to let go off security and comforts of a settled life to live like 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 that splits the earth into daytime and nightime, bright time and dark time 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 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 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 Tokarczuk s work is a hymn to human emotions, to independence, to unfulfilled wishesHe said that death marks places like a dog marking its territoryFlights is a novel featuring characteristics of essays, biography, and non fiction, where the voice of the writer reflects the feelings and thoughts of characters in a distant and, at times, clinically sharp way Tokarczuk s writing brings to

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