House of Day, House of Night
The English translation of the prize-winning international bestsellerNowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany, and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator moves into the area, she and discovers everyone-and everything-has its own... show more
The English translation of the prize-winning international bestsellerNowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany, and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator moves into the area, she and discovers everyone-and everything-has its own story. With the help of Marta, her enigmatic neighbor, the narrator accumulates these stories, tracing the history of Nowa Ruda from the founding of the town to the lives of its saints, from the caller who wins the radio quiz every day to the tale of the man who causes international tension when he dies on the border, one leg on the Polish side, the other on the Czech side. Each of the stories represents a brick and they interlock to reveal the immense monument that is the town. What emerges is the message that the history of any place--no matter how humble--is limitless, that by describing or digging at the roots of a life, a house, or a neighborhood, one can see all the connections, not only with one's self and one's dreams but also with all of the universe.Richly imagined, weaving in anecdote with recipes and gossip, Tokarczuk's novel is an epic of a small place. Since its original publication in 1998 it has remained a bestseller in Poland. House of Day, House of Night is the English-language debut of one of Europe's best young writers.
Publish date: August 2nd 2003
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Pages no: 293
Edition language: English
Finally I found a book set in Poland by a Polish author that isn’t 500+ pages long. This is apparently an award-winner, but to me it often seemed bizarre; perhaps something is lost in translation. The book is divided into many short segments, moving between a nameless narrator and embedded short sto...
Smakowałam ją wolno, baaardzo wolno. Dozowałam sobie obecność w tym fantastycznym, niemal mitycznym świecie. Po przeczytaniu żałowałam, że kiedyś się musiała skończyć. Byłam na spotkaniu z autorką, która czytała fragmenty tej książki. Niezapomniane wzruszenia. P.S. Pożyczyłam komuś i zgubił mi zakła...
Autora często można rozpoznać po specyficznym stylu. W każdym jego dziele jest indywidualny ślad, kierujący czytelnika właśnie w stronę konkretnej osoby. Taką pisarką jest też Olga Tokarczuk. Każda jej książka zawiera ten charakterystyczny nastrój. Przemieszanie tajemniczości, ulotności, zwyczajnośc...
This book is written by a highly acclaimed and successful Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk. She is definietely a talented author. She has a wonderful way with words. The writing clearly has a philosophical undertone. But I cannot give it more than three stars. Despite the author wonderful ability, I fi...
Zaskakująca mieszanka snu i jawy oraz mitu i rzeczywistości...