Winner of The Nobel Prize® In Literature 2018
Winner of The Man Booker International Prize
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.
Chopin’s heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. 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? we call to the traveler.
Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, ‘Flights’ is a master storyteller’s answer.
Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated and beloved authors, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Man Booker International Prize, as well as her country’s highest literary honor, the Nike.
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk is a 2007 Polish novel. The book was translated into English by Jennifer Croft. The original Polish title refers to runaways, a sect of Old Believers, who believe that being in constant motion is a trick to avoid evil.