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Hailed as one of the most brilliant contributions to the literature of Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of Communism, Dreams and Stones won the prestigious Koscielski Foundation Prize in Poland in 1995. Telling the story of the growth of a great city, Tulli relates its history by entering the lives of the stones from which the buildings and monuments are construct ...more
Hardcover, 110 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Archipelago Books (first published 1995)
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Alta
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
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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
Charlie Zoops
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
Derek
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.
Mag
Jul 27, 2010 Mag rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Laurasmoot
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.
Martina
I've heard this book was awarded, but I expected something else. I found it too much descriptive.
Andrew
Tak! Tak! Tak! Ta książka jest czymś zupełnie inne. Warto.
Hilary
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.

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