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Olga Tokarczuk is a household name in Poland and one of Europe s major humanist writers, working here in the continental tradition of thinking or essayistic novel Flights has echoes of WG Sebald, Milan Kundera, Danilo Kis and Dubravka Ugresic, but Tokarczuk inhabits a rebellious, playful register very much her own Flights is a passionate and enchantingly discursive plea for meaningful connectedness, for the acceptance of fluidity, mobility, illusoriness After all, Tokarczuk reminds us, Barbarians don t travel They simply go to destinations or conduct raids Hotels on the continent would do well to have a copy of Flights on the bedside table I can think of no better travel companion in these turbulent, fanatical times Kapka Kassabova, Guardian a profound meditation on time, mythology, the self and human anatomy W e drift along happily on her flights of fancy, as her travels across space give way to journeys through history and deep into the psyche Jennifer Croft s bump free translation only adds to the reader s pleasure Chris Moss, Prospect MagazineIn the vein of WG Sebald Flights knits together snippets of fiction, narrative and reflection to meditate on human anatomy and the meaning of travel this is a delicate, ingenious book that is constantly making new connections Justine Jordan, Guardian Tokarczuk examines questions of travel in our increasingly interconnected and fast moving worldTrained as a psychologist, Tokarczuk in interested in what connects the human soul and body It is a leitmotif that, despite apparent lack of a single plot, tightly weaves the text s different strands of fiction, memoir and essay into a whole Some chapters areakin to traditional travel notes sketches of airport encounters, fellow travellers confessions of whole lifetimes , and other things people often jot down when on a journey There are also beautiful set pieces, occasionally split into recurring threads Anna Aslanyan, SpectatorSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 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