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Dreams and Stones

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Dreams and Stones is a small masterpiece, one of the most extraordinary works of literature to come out of Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism. In sculpted, poetic prose reminiscent of Bruno Schulz, it tells the story of the emergence of a great city. In Tulli’s hands myth, metaphor, history, and narrative are combined to magical effect. Dreams and Stone ...more
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by Archipelago (first published 1995)
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Apr 15, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of unusual voices
Shelves: 2016, reviewed, poland
Prey to longing and doubt, every night the unquiet city of recollections releases dreams – enchanting adhesive shoots that seek support in silence and darkness.

As a lover of modernist writing and aesthetics, I do not tend easily to fiction obviously labelled as postmodernist. However, I cannot remember ever having read anything as mind-blowing as this Polish post-communist author before. Quite unexpectedly, the ingenuity and beauty of the fragmented, surrealistic narrative and the bifurcating of
Mar 13, 2016 Ellie rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I was getting into when I began Dreams and Stones (by Magdalena Tulli). I had read comparisons to Invisible Cities and Bruno Schulz but I was still unprepared for the beauty of the dream that is this book.

At first I struggled to make sense of the book only to discover that when I let go of forcing sense upon it, the book began to make its own kind of sense. It is a prose poem describing the city that is the world and the countercity-the darkness and disorder we try to push awa
Jul 30, 2009 Alta rated it it was amazing
Tulli’s Dreams and Stones, a work half prose poem half narrative, is reminiscent of Kafka’s parables in that the story seems to be telling much more than its surface lets appear; and it is reminiscent of Schulz in its unbound imagination and metaphoric associations. But its theme is very remote from the concerns that the two Jewish writers had at the time when they lived and wrote. It is a theme which in today’s academic circles is described as nature versus culture or nature versus technology. ...more
Mar 19, 2016 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially published in 1995 and a winner of the Polish Koscielski Foundation Prize, Dreams and Stones is a work built of stone and metaphor. Abstaining from conventional narrative structure, Tulli's Dreams has been categorized as simply a "novel" by author, the ambiguous "prose-poem" by translator Bill Johnston, and the often gone to "postmodern" by many a critic. The craving of categorical summations aside, it is the story of a great city rebuilt. In myth and metaphor, with Tree and Machine, Tu ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Mandy rated it did not like it
Polish author Magdalena Tulli has written several acclaimed works and garnered enthusiastic praise from readers and critics alike. But if this book is typical of her writing then she isn’t an author for me. More of a prose-poem than a novel, it’s a plot-less and character-less description, full of imagery and metaphor, of a city, or perhaps of all cities. I found it a struggle to read and wasn’t at all captivated by it as many others seem to have been. The writing may well be lyrical and perhaps ...more
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Jun 04, 2012 Charlie Zoops rated it it was amazing
In this elegantly written prose poem, stretching a vast 110 pages, you will find a lushly descriptive city. The one Magdalena describes is reflective of all cities with historical and modern significance, but it is likely to be a derivative of Warsaw, a place both battered with destruction and infused with hope. Tulli encapsulates this city in a fabric of non-linear narratives that blend together into seamless constructions. Time overlaps itself with emotive ambitions, transportation system find ...more
Mar 11, 2008 Laurasmoot rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, urban-studies
staggering prose poetry i can only read in short bursts: "dreams and stones is about the growth of a city, and also about all cities; at the same time it is not about cities at all, but about how worlds are created, transformed, and lost through words alone." oh poland. tulli lives in warsaw where she works as a psychologist and translator.
Dec 17, 2012 Jason added it
Shelves: read-2010
It staggers me that this book has been so well-received. I will certainly admit that the prose is often beautifully wrought in a marvelous poetic style, but after having read Invisible Cities (which Tulli translated), I cannot help but feel that Dreams and Stones feels redundant. It has many things to say about the concept of time, of life and the counter life and how they exist in concert with the other, of the argument of nature v technology (and how it is a false argument), etc., but its poin ...more
Jul 27, 2010 Mag rated it it was ok
Recommended to Mag by: Piotrek
A big disappointment. Ok, it's true that I read it on a plane. It's true that it was going over many time zones and I was bored and tired, but it struck me that it could have been a great book if the communists were still in power. Then you had to work underground with your meaning and your themes. And everyone was hungry for allusions to reality. But really, it was 1999 when the book was first published. It didn't need to be so full of hidden meaning in times when you didn't need political allu ...more
Nov 27, 2014 POLIPOLIK rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 03, 2016 Derek rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Very abstract, basically just non-stop (but not single sentence) description of a surreal city and its inhabitants. No dialog, no individual characters. These things make it a less than simple read, but it has a lot of interesting imagery and stuff to think about.
Dec 15, 2013 Martina rated it it was ok
I've heard this book was awarded, but I expected something else. I found it too much descriptive.
Jul 22, 2009 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: polish
Tak! Tak! Tak! Ta książka jest czymś zupełnie inne. Warto.
Apr 27, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing
She is amazing.
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In 1995 Magdalena Tulli got Kościelscy Award. She was shortlisted for the NIKE Award two times. Her books were translated to English, German, French, Czech, Hungarian and Latvian. She is a member of Polish Writers Society. In 2007 she got a special award - distinction of Gdynia Literary Award.

She translated a few books: The anger of heaven by Fleur Jaeggy (for this translation from Italian she rec
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