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Taghaus Nachthaus. Roman

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Ein Haus in den Bergen nahe der tschechischen Grenze. Eine Ich-Erzählerin und ihre alte Nachbarin, die voller Geschichten steckt. Geschichten, die sich mit den Träumen der Erzählerin verweben und immer wieder an diesen Ort nahe der Grenze zurückfinden, wo sich Zeiten und Schicksale treffen. Poetisch einfühlsam zieht Olga Tokarczuk ihre Leser in den Bann der Geschehnisse, l ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by DVA Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (first published 1998)
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Robert Wechsler
One of the best works of fiction I’ve ever read. This is one of those undefinable, indescribable wonders that make most fiction look so ordinary. Most of all it a novel of place, but not in the usual sense. It’s a novel of exile, but the reasons for its characters’ exile are myriad (and the narrator’s unknown). It’s a novel consisting of stories, but in no way a story collection. It’s a novel of story-telling, but not of storytelling voices, or of stories on a theme. It’s a novel full of fantasy ...more
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-europe
Oh boy--you know how you dig into a book, not knowing what to expect, and you come across big, glorious ideas about the world, just scattered in among the holey underwear and the bus ride to work? This 1988 Polish novel is one of those books. I love a book that cannot be summarized at all--there's no "elevator pitch". And why should there be? The language is simple, the actions are simple, but the story, the conglomeration of effects, is anything but. It's almost like a short story collection, m ...more

R. ...will set up a camera on the east-facing terrace...Each day he will take one photograph [of the sky, where he saw answers to arithmetic and other puzzles as a child], even when the sky is uniformly grey. R is certain that in autumn we’ll have a set of stills showing a rational sequence of skies, which is sure to mean something. It’ll be possible to put all the pictures together like a jigsaw puzzle, or to load them one on top of another in the computer, or to make one single sky out of them
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
Finally I found a book set in Poland by a Polish author that isn’t 500+ pages long. This is apparently an award-winner, but to me it often seemed bizarre; perhaps something is lost in translation. The book is divided into many short segments, moving between a nameless narrator and embedded short stories, a few of which the book revisits in multiple sections. The thread binding it all together is the setting of Nowa Ruda, a town on the Czech border that was transferred from Germany to Poland afte ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daisy by: Janet
Simply put, this is a portrait of a part of Poland that was under German control at one time. The narrator (or is it?) hovers over the area like a gentle fog, curling around corners, into attics and basements and minds and hearts, during the present and the past.

Themes that recur: mushrooms; dreams; hair (wigs, wolves); changing faces; death vs. eternity/permanence; looking down from above (mountains, roofs, heavens); creation/chaos/time. I don't know what it all means but it makes me think and
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I have noticed, over the years, that many Post-War Polish writers tend to write in short chapters, even short stories, that appear (often) unrelated yet acquire a relationship as the book progresses because of the interrelationships and accidental coincidences that occur. This appears to be largely true with “House of Day, House of Night”. It becomes quite obvious, very quickly, that the book consists of a series of short stories (sometimes VERY short) that remind one of random(ish) notes one mi ...more
Dec 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Agnieszka 's shelves
This book is written by a highly acclaimed and successful Polish writer, Olga Tokarczuk. She is definietely a talented author. She has a wonderful way with words. The writing clearly has a philosophical undertone. But I cannot give it more than three stars. Despite the author wonderful ability, I find the tone so sad. Yes, there is humor, but it is humor directed at you and me, at all human beings as a species. We are a pitiful group. I don't disagree, but where does this hopelessness and despon ...more
Jim Neeley
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olga Tokarczuk has captured a moment in time in Nowa Ruda and allowed us to share it.This was an unexpected and beautiful novel, I found by way of wandering the web, after I decided to read Polish writers. I'm not sure why I identified with it so much, but her observations, stories and dreams, as well as delicious mushroom recipes all formed a simply and solid narrative. If the novel were a season, it would be spring, the first crocus on the back hillside, with patches of snow still around.On th ...more
Mirela  Popescu
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Şi doar cuvintele şi lucrurile creează un spaţiu simbiotic, la fel ca bureţii şi mestecenii. Cuvintele cresc pe lucruri, în peisaj, şi abia pe urmă sensul lor dă în pârg, gata să fie rostite cu voce tare. Şi atunci ne putem juca cu ele precum ne-am juca cu un fruct copt, pe care îl putem adulmeca şi din care putem muşca, lingându-i coaja sau rupându-l în jumătate cu trosnet pentru a-i cerceta interiorul sfios şi suculent. Asemenea cuvinte sunt nemuritoare, deoarece ştiu să pună în mişcare sensu ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ksi-ki-2017
Nienawidzę jej całą swoją osobą. Ale skoro mam być obiektywna w swojej ocenie, muszę powiedzieć, że jest to książka poruszająca trudne tematy i zaskakująca budową narracji. Ale jej nienawidzę. Tak tylko przypominam.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tiny Book Club, one of my reading groups, chose this. We are three women of a certain age. Two were raised Jewish, one of whom is a descendant of Polish Holocaust survivors, gay, well-read, and spends every summer returning to Poland to further the reconciliation of Jewish and non-Jewish Poles. The other is also well-read and has a deep understanding of literature. She is an intellectual. The third was raised Christian in America, the daughter of third generation German Lutheran immigrants. ...more
Kat Terek
This the first book by Olga Tokarczuk I read and I must say I am entirely enchanted. Her writing style in 'House of day, House of night' has something that blends picturesque and poetic that resembles magic of Bruno Shulz with nostalgia and past running in circles and stillness of time as in 'On the road to Babadag' by Stasiuk. Picking this book from a shelf at my parents' house I had never expected to discover such a fine piece of magical realism especially that I always imagined her as a more ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Další těžko uchopitelné dílo Olgy Tokarczuk. Chvílemi připomíná klasickou disidentskou literaturu, chvílemi deník intelektuálky, chvílemi deník obyčejné vesnické ženy a do toho všeho je přimícháno spousta dalších krátkých příběhů a to vše se občas střetně podobně jako v Atlasu mraků nebo Hybatelích (které vnímám jako takový prequel Atlasu).
A o čem že to je? No vlastně o ničem a nebo o všem.
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was probably the most beautiful book I read this year; Tokarczuk's prose reads like poetry. It was one of those strangely surreal, dreamlike works in which I didn't fully understand the author's idiom until I reached the end, and then it just made me want to go back to the beginning and read the whole thing again.

I also appreciated the way the author wrote about the experience of going online as being an exploratory place full of strange ideas and mysterious worlds. It was refreshing in con
Molly Lynch
Sep 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best collection of mushroom trips, monastic eroticism, psychology of old people, tales of drunks, post-war disenfranchised, mushroom recipes and surreal dreams from the internet you'll probably ever find.
Justin Evans
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A double review: 'House of Day, House of Night' and 'Flights.'

I finally got around to reading 'House of Day, House of Night' on a friend's recommendation, after reading Tokarczuk 'Flights,' which is somehow even better. I'm baffled as to why this kind of form hasn't made its way into English-language writing, except in the most self-important and portentous way: a compendium of memoir (whether actual or purely formal), short stories, essays, research, tall tales, local history and so on, all of
Lulu Le Nun
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the lone english translation of Tokarczuk that I'm aware of--and a very lovely one at that. A multitude of transparent and cozy stories, touched with the quality of memoir, bound by a significant sense of place. The idea of crossing thresholds--between day and night, life and death, undergrowth and roots, bind the stories in suprising ways, including mouthwatering recipes for poisonous mushrooms. I recommend this novel to all my dearest friends, as well as strangers.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Много красива, съкровена проза, която изглежда сътворена без всякакво усилие- естествена като дишането, като ежедневните неща- съдовете за готвене, картофите,гъбите в гората, светлината на зазоряване и по здрач.Още една прекрасна книга от моята любима вече авторка. Насладих й се напълно.
Eva Stachniak
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite Olga Tokarczuk book. I love the echoes of the Regained Territories, the result of the shifted borders of the Stalinist post war order. I love the whimsical characters, the languid poetic prose.
This is the novel I return to when i want to remember where I come from ...
Tokarczuk ma bardzo specyficzny styl i takie też są jej opowieści. Póki co, nie jestem pewna, czy ta specyfika mi odpowiada. Zobaczymy przy następnej książce.
Risa Miller
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a quite poetic book which offers a plethora of unique insights about the world. it makes you question reality and realize that we operate so systematically, we don’t question what we believe. i really liked the reflections on life, dreams, old people, and travelling. Not sure if I get the point of the book or the plot, but I think it was a good read. Slow at times/ I didn’t always understand the purpose behind some of the entries.
Michael Stevens
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Although I skipped the saint parts, I often paused to jot down sentences. And I love books like that. Also I just overall enjoyed the way this book made me feel. Interesting read.
Тази книга я причислявам към странните, модерни книги. От тези, в които усещаш големия потенциал, дарбата, майсторството на автора, но усещаш в същото време, че желанието му да бъде по-модерен и интересен му е попречило да разгърне напълно този потенциал. Друга такава е например "Легенда за велосипедистите" на Басара, а да не говорим че има и наши български подобни екземпляри. В тях има страхотни страници и то не малко, но в един момент натежават многото планове, многото случки, сюжети, разкарва ...more
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polish
Another certain-to-be favorite book of the year.

One of the most original books as well. The story is loosely based around a rural site in southern Poland and focused upon a pair of small scale farmers. There are diversions into historical events, other villagers and the lives of saints. The stories are deep in metaphor, in "magical realism" and in Milosz-esque ruminations about the spiritual relationships between humans, the environment and God. The scope of the book was pretty tremendous but I'
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fragmentary narrative of collected anecdotes, histories and reveries, is a marvel of contemporary literature that pays homage to the modernist oeuvre.
Beautifully written, this collage-like novel meanders through grand and meta narratives with a lyrical ease.
Punctuated by recipes for cooking wild mushrooms (beware ... These are never quite as straightforward or as delicious as one might hope) this novel captivates all of the senses and offers the reader a feast of aromatic themes to savour
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poněkud surrealistická a jungiánská knížka o polských Sudetách. Volně tu plynou a prolínají se příběhy autorky, transsexuálního mnicha mapujícího život svaté Starosty, paní Marty, která spí zimním spánkem, vlkodlaka, jenž byl ředitelem gymnázia, muže, který nosil dřevěný klobouk, aby se vyhnul vlivu nově objevené planety měnící svět k horšímu, pohraničníků, obludy z rybníka, Agni, Němců, Poláků a mnohem nejasnějších existencí, které něco chtějí, ale nakonec toho nedosáhnou. Lehce snové, občas pr ...more
Barbora Romanovská
Silva rerum neboli les různých věcí. Rozostřená hranice grafitové stopy, prach zahušťující všudypřítomnou vlhkost. Zdánlivě nesouvislá vyprávění, ve kterých ztrácíte pojem o čase, dobách, aby všechno na konci měkce vyústilo... Monstra, záludné recepty, zatmění slunce, voda protékající sklepy, záznamy snů, mnich, tma prorůstající těla, chlad proudící z lesů.

Tohle vypisování se mi zdá zcela bezesmyslné a nicneříkající, i ten nejmohutnější strom kreslící zespodu po nebeské klenbě se jednou zlomí a
Svetla Angelova
Мислих доста преди да дам три звездички. Може би, защото преди него Дом, прочетох две доста по-силни книги, които оставят отпечатък върху сърцето и душата. Домът е по-скоро магически реализъм, на места даже сюрреализъм. На почитателите на Маркес ще им хареса много. Аз не можах да я усетя по-близо тази книга. Дори не бих я препоръчала с лека ръка, вътре намерих страници, които не бих искала да са се случвали ... А може би изкуплението е точно това - 16 кофи с кръв ...
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
House of Day, House of Night is a collection of vignettes, a collage of people. It’s about a small town, Nowa Ruda, and the colorful people that inhabit it. We learn about their history, their past, their present, and their dreams. It reminds us that everyone we know and everyone we see have complex and interesting lives and that there is beauty and pain in everyone. Beautiful, moving, nostalgia-inducing.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tokarczuk ma zawsze coś do powiedzenia, każdy raz mnie wciąga w swoich prowincjalnych światach, nasyconych realnością obejmującą nie tylko życie na codzień.
Z innej strony, lecz, ta książka mnie zmięczyła.Chyba już po połowie miałem dość z wszystkiego i tylko czekałem, aby się w końcu skończyła byle jak.
Nie wiedziałem czy dać 3 czy 4 gwiazdy, potem postanowiłem, że to nie ma aż takiego znaczenia.
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Olga Tokarczuk (born 29 January 1962 in Sulechów near Zielona Góra, Poland) is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful Polish writers of her generation, particularly noted for the hallmark mythical tone of her writing.
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“Speaking does harm, sows confusion and weakens things that are obvious. Speaking makes me tremble inside. I don't think I have ever said anything really important in my entire life -- there's a lack of words for the most important things anyway. (I must make a list of missing words -- top of it I'll put a verb that means something in between "I sense" and "I see.")” 4 likes
“Какъв разкош, каква сладост на живота - да седиш в хладната къща, да пиеш чай, да си похапваш сладкиш и да четеш. Да предъвкваш дългите изречения, да вкусваш смисъла им, да откриваш неочаквано, в един миг, по-дълбок смисъл, да се изумяваш над него и да си позволяваш да застинеш с очи, влепени в правоъгълника на стъклото. Чаят изстива в изисканата чашка; над повърхността и се носи дантелена пара, която изчезва във въздуха, оставяйки едва доловим аромат. Въженцата на буквите върху бялата страница на книгата дават убежище на очите, на разума, на целия човек. Това прави света открит и безопасен. Трохите сладкиш се посипват по салфетката, зъбите лекичко звънят о порцелана. В устата се събира слюнка, защото мъдростта е апетитна като козуначения сладкиш, живителна като чая.” 3 likes
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