Flights : Winner of 2008 Nike Literary Award
by Olga Tokarczuk , Jennifer Croft
Editor: Fitzcarraldo Editions
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VOLS, a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy, Olga Tokarczuk, the most ambitious to dateHe weaves travel stories and reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, addressing life, death, movement, and migrationFrom the seventeenth century, we have the story of the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew images of his own amputated legFrom the seventeenth century, we have the history of North African slave turned Austrian courtier plush and put it on the screen after his deathIn the nineteenth century we follow Chopin’s heart, for he made the secret journey from Paris to WarsawAt present, we have the trial of a woman who accompanies him much older husband while he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, and the poignant account of a young husband whose wife and child mysteriously disappear on holiday on a Croatian islandWith her signature of grace and insight, Olga Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity to the core of the very nature of humanity.
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