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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  15 reviews
At several points in the haunting Dukla, Andrzej Stasiuk claims that what he is trying to do is “write a book about light.” The result is a beautiful, lyrical series of evocations of a very specific locale at different times of the year, in different kinds of weather, and with different human landscapes. Dukla, in fact, is a real place: a small resort town not far from whe...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
There is a superb opening description of the day dawning. From the beginning you know that this is not a book you can treat lightly - it demands that you concentrate, that you pay attention. It demands that you enter into a partnership. Superb, delicious descriptions, lusciously painted. Staciuk's description of his driving along the country roads, through villages, is so vivid, so evocative. Staciuk acts like a conduit between his eyes and the visual centres of your brain. He describes with a c...more
Jim Elkins
Couldn't finish this, despite several weeks of intermittent efforts. The author, Andrzej Stasiuk, is attempting to write photographic images of the town Dukla as the narrator experiences and remembers it in 1996. The book, its narrator says, is about light and time. It isn't driven by plot, and the episodes don't accumulate into a coherent memory of the past.

Fair enough, and exactly on some of my own interests. The problem is that, in this translation at least, Stasiuk isn't a good writer. The p...more
Jacob Wren
Andrzej Stasiuk writes:

It's Sunday and people are still asleep, that's why this story ought to lack a plot, because no one thing can cover up other things, when we're headed toward nothingness, toward the realization that the world is merely a momentary obstacle in the free passage of light.


So I decided to try and find the house that R. and I had discovered when we were here in the summer. At that time dusk had been falling. We walked down Cergowska, turned into Podwale, then into Zielona. I...more
Niente trama, non aspettatevi una trama, avverte Stasiuk, e mantiene la promessa: ci offre una serie di pagine, quando più riuscite, quando più deboli o ripetitive, che parlano essenzialmente di luce e memoria.

Stasiuk potrebbe chiamare la luce “mia sorella, mia sposa”, la conosce frequenta e possiede meglio di un pittore e di un fotografo [per quanto riguarda la memoria, ci sono probabilmente fratelli e sposi più significativi]. E, insieme alla luce, naturalmente, anche l’oscur...more
Místy super, často k neučtení. Ale spíš asi záleží na náladě, v jaké to člověk čte: přece jen, lyrická próza, kde se jen tu a tam mihne člověk a autora ze všeho nejvíc zajímají proměny světla v jinak nehybném polském zapadákově
Eerie and bleak. A collection of reminiscences about incarnations of light in the midst of a bizarre romance with a statue of Maria Amalia. Definitely an interesting read, although a bit frustrating at times.
Luc Abdullah Review yang paling sesuai untuk menggambarkan Dukla, bak kata Andrzej sendiri, buku ni tak ada plot.

-- 18/9/2012
Ketika menemani seorang sahabat di sebuah kedai kopi yang berhadapan dengan sebuah sekolah menengah yang pernah aku hadiri selama 3 bulan sebelum berpindah ke sekolah berasrama penuh, aku dihadiahkan sebuah buku yang berlambangkan bulatan oren. Katanya, buku itu mengandungi aku di dalamnya. Lantas, aku berusaha mengkhatamkan buku yang mengandung...more
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andrzej stasiuks "die welt hinter dukla" - nämlich folgendendermaßen:
"Um vier Uhr früh hebt die Nacht langsam ihren schwarzen Hintern, steht vollgefressen vom Tisch auf und geht schlafen" - dann wird einer wie ich ganz aufgeregt: wer ist das, der so verdrehte und zugleich wunderbar passende bilder zu gestalten weiß? was wird er mir erzählen wollen?
andrzej stasiuk hat mit diesem büchlein ein wunderwerk geschaffen (was wohl auch olaf kühl, dem übersetzer, zu danken ist),...more
Aug 17, 2014 Ula rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Andrzej Stasiuk has a great talent to write about things that are not in the center of the intrest of our every day life in the way that you begin to be interested in the subject in a glimpse of an eye. One of my favourite writters!
a funny little "novel" made up of vignettes visiting and re-visiting a semi-mythical rural poland. if stasiuk is one of your favorite authors and this "fiction" is your real-life-fado, then it will be a wonderful five star experience. if you do not care for lyrical thoughts about the nature of light, family, nature, and "people" then perhaps a swedish police procedural would be better for you.
i think in poland people can read one sentence by stasiuk and say, that is stasiuk. he is that unique a...more
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Ziemlich wirr, depressiv und im Endeffekt öde.
Beautiful to begin with, painful to read as it goes along. Would be better maybe as a text piece in an exhibition..? I can see where he was going with this, a reflection on time and being in the confines of a space/ time.. the transience of time and phases in our lives, and the persistence of formative memories...but not one to read if you can't give it 100%. I couldn't and I quit about 150 pages in.
unglaublich schön geschrieben. man kann die welt hinter dukla förmlich sehen, riechen, schmecken. in all ihrer schönheit und traurigkeit. und in ihrer menschlichkeit. und die fehlende handlung fehlt kein bisschen. ein besonderes buch.
Doron Yam
A book without a plot, a very good descreption of the town. So why did I gave it two and a half stars for? The place is my grandfather home town so I see it as a kind of a closure.

Mir ein wenig zu impressionistisch.
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Andrzej Stasiuk is one of the most successful and internationally acclaimed contemporary Polish writers, journalists and literary critics. He is best known for his travel literature and essays that describe the reality of Eastern Europe and its relationship with the West.

After being dismissed from secondary school, Stasiuk dropped out also from a vocational school and drifted aimlessly, became act...more
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