Olga Tokarczuk

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The Books of Jacob english translation will be published soon.
After reading it i can say her Noble prize ia rightfully deserved.

It belongs to the very small club of everlasting modern literature masterpieces imo.(Knausgard, Bolano..). A must read.

Anyone read anything else by her?

nostormo, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:26 (three weeks ago) link

Yes! Primeval and Other Times, a sort of Polish 100 Years of Solitude; Flights, a book of anecdotes and digressions and fragments, and Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, an idiosyncratic environmental murder mystery with an eccentric protagonist - in case that sounds like something by Richard Osman, it isn't. All good to excellent, and based on those three she's clearly one of those writers who hates to write the same book twice. Flights is the most intriguing and the one I'd like to read again, will definitely be getting The Books of Jacob and looking out for translations of her other works.

ledge, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 07:38 (three weeks ago) link

I'm trying to decide whether to read Drive your plow or Primeval next..

nostormo, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:10 (three weeks ago) link

Which would you read if it was your first?

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:23 (three weeks ago) link

Depends what you're after: of the three I've read Drive Your Plow is the most conventional - not a criticism, there's more than enough in it to elevate it above a typical thriller; if you're a fan of Sebald then Flights might be more appealing.

ledge, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 07:49 (three weeks ago) link


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