Flights

Flights

Details

Author(s)
Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft
Format
Paperback | 432 pages
Dimensions
114 x 197 x 30.48mm | 317.51g
Publication date
31 Jul 2018
Publisher
Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1910695823
ISBN13
9781910695821
Bestsellers rank
4,873

Description

FLIGHTS, a novel about travel in the twenty-first century and human anatomy, is Olga Tokarczuk's most ambitious to date. It interweaves travel narratives and reflections on travel with an in-depth exploration of the human body, broaching life, death, motion, and migration. From the seventeenth century, we have the story of the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen, who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg. 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 the nineteenth century, we follow Chopin's heart as it makes the covert journey from Paris to Warsaw. In the present we have the trials of a wife accompanying her much older husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands, and the harrowing story of a young husband whose wife and child mysteriously vanish on a holiday on a Croatian island. With her signature grace and insight, Olga Tokarczuk guides the reader beyond the surface layer of modernity and towards the core of the very nature of humankind.


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