OLGA TOKARCZUK    Book Number: 87356    Product format: Paperback

She sees airport-republics, where the constitution is spelled out on every ticket, and where one's boarding pass is one's only identification as a citizen. We are made to feel comfortable where airports have gardens and promenades, offer spiritual succour at numerous chapels and meditation spaces. Poland's best and most beloved author contemplates travel in a rebellious and playful narrative. Fiction, memoir and essay, it is a profound meditation on time, mythology, the self and human anatomy. A trained psychologist with a neat functioning body, she chronicles her travels in a rather bizarre series of symptoms and pilgrimages, drawing on her books and reading, the observations of a woman brought up in a communist country, accepting of modern pressures and diminished human interaction. She interweaves travel narratives and reflections exploring the human body and broaching life, death, motion and migration. From the 17th century we have the story of the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen who dissected and drew pictures of his own amputated leg. From the 18th century we have the story of a North African-born slave turned Austrian courtier stuffed and put on display after his death. In the 19th 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 older husband as he teaches a course on a cruise ship in the Greek islands. Told with signature grace and insight we delve into the essence of humankind. 411pp in softback.
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ISBN 9781910695432
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