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Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk
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Mar 03, 11

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Read in February, 2011

This is not a history of countries and governments, nor of generals and presidents. Rather, it is stories of people, just people: Pawel, Misia, Ivan Mutka, Michal, Izydor, Cornspike. And is about time, or Times, the Times of these people; the generations and the moments. It is a story of a town, Primeval, something from long ago that sways in the winds of history. We see the larger, newspaper headlines subtly: a forest from which soldiers do not return (Katyn); a red and white flag fluttering (Solidarity). As these larger events happen, what happens to us: the miller, the housewife, the damaged? My ancestors splintered in such times. Some stayed hungry in their pride and their religion; some joined the Party, ostracized but fed; and some fled, spawning me. Olga Tokarczuk shows us the Times and the possibility of choices. What would you do?
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