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Tales of Galicia

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  453 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Seemingly a set of prose ballads about the southeastern tip of Poland, Tales of Galicia brilliantly blurs the line between the short-story genre and the novel, while giving a vivid, poetic portrait of an imaginary village that was once part of a vibrant collective farm system. It is a part of Poland that — once inhabited by Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews — suddenly became hom ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published March 26th 2003 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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Andrzej Stasiuk, leaving to others charms and glamour of all Londons, Romes or Parises, is a bard of the other Europe, this minor and poorer one, with its provincial towns, petrified silence and bygone glory. Instead of popular places he chooses small corners of the world which modernness never fully touched and where time seems to stop in some other era.

Stasiuk likes to roam the dusty roads and impenetrable off-roads; he can enthuse about play of lights, fogbound mountains and cavernous darknes
[4.5] The darker side of the beautiful nature-writing and psychogeography of Dukla, perhaps. A slightly earlier book set in Stasiuk's adopted home in the Beskid mountains near the Polish-Slovak border, where Dukla concentrated on place, Tales of Galicia is about people. Before writing about the ethereal sense of place two years later, he based this novella on the lives of locals, people with tougher, less mobile existences than his own. This was the mid-1990s after the collapse of Communist coll ...more
Кремена Михайлова
* 12.02.

Изцяло я прочетох и втория път, не само оттук-оттам. Мислех да е след няколко месеца, но не можах да прибера книгата в библиотеката. Ами ако съм изпуснала нещо подобно:

„…очите му бяха покрити с емайла на лудостта, която се крие вътре, циркулира във вените, отърква се о вътрешностите, дълбае тялото както къртицата земята и никога не излиза на бял свят преждевременно, само свети в зениците. А когато излезе, то това винаги е краят, остава празна обвивка и лудостта тръгва нататък, защото, ка
Dov Zeller
Dec 14, 2015 is currently reading it
I am in the middle of this one and not sure I am going to finish it. I learned of it through another goodreads person who also included the link. (It had been available on Scribd but isn't any longer.)

I found that some of the stories really drew me in and some were less accessible. More than that, each time I began to feel like I was really entering the world of a story it ended and I had to start all over again. So it was a lot of effort and hard to connect. That said, I do hope to finish it at
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely novel from one of the 'new school' of Polish writers (see Natasza Goerke elsewhere in this list) set in a fictitious village in the Beskid Mountains or nearby, close to the Polish-Slovak border. Initially seeming to be a short story collection, the tales start to weave together to become a touching and quite poignant novel of being on the edge – of Poland, of social change, of life/death, and several other sorts of marginality. Even marginal characters, some of whom appear for l ...more
Radek Gabinek
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrzej Stasiuk again :) Tym razem moim łupem padł zbiór opowiadań o małej miejscowości w Beskidzie Niskim, której mieszkańcy zmagają się z upiorami przeszłości w trakcie przemian ustrojowych. Cień PRL-u, a nawet czasów jeszcze bardziej odległych ciąży na ludziach, którzy tu mieszkają i uniemożliwia im powstanie na nogi z marazmu, apatii i zawieszenia. Przyznam, że do tej pory nie trafiłem jeszcze na książkę Andrzeja Stasiuka, która by mi się nie spodobała, aczkolwiek "Opowieści galicyjskie" mim ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A pitch-perfect genre-bending tale of an eroded village limping along in post-communist Poland, at the southern border with Slovakia. The initial connected story-portraits of individual characters eventually give way to a more unified narrative imbued with mystery and the supernatural. An itinerant narrator ducks in and out of a river of fluid time, moving seamlessly between past and present. Stasiuk's prose is slow but uncluttered, allowing space to take in his descriptions of the natural world
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Andriy Strekhaliuk
Оповідання про простоту і бідноту. І про простоту, яка можлива лише в бідно(с)ті, яка лише там, у таких місцях оголює сутність людини, що живе в потоці звичних ритмів і разючої повторюваної від сезону до сезону буденності. Саме тому на тлі того, що нічого не відбувається кожна навіть найдрібніша подія обростає біблійним епосом. Можливо також й пафосом, але він одразу ж губиться у гіперреальності і сюрреалістичності монотонного інертного світу, повністю автономного,  закритого й самодостатнього я ...more
Adam Dupaski
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Intense portrayals of Polish village underclass after the closing of a local collective farm post-89. Temporal warps and alcoholism, ruins of Uniate churches and memory burnt into the land, tractor jealousy and murderous ghosts. Best read once quickly than much more slowly again in wandering around Stasiuk's borderlands.
Allix Davis
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A lovely selection of short poetic stories based in Poland
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polskie-ksiazki
Oh, Stasiuk vie!
Paulina (aspiringliterati)
A very quick but still enchanting through and through read.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Кажуть, що Анджей Стасюк пише подібно до Бруно Шульца. Але мені більше подобається, бо він ближчий до реальності. І якщо перейнятися цими описами і зрозуміти їх, то вони видаються дуже і дуже вдалими та точними. Короткі оповідання про окремих реалістичних персонажів якогось забитого села в Польській Галичині 90-х років, які поступово переплітаються в у вже магічний клубок. Як на мене, автор дуууже гарно підловлює побут, характери, обставини тих років. Опов
Ricardo Avella
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europa
3.6 stars, not really 4. I truly enjoyed some parts of this book. Very poetic, beautiful and sensitive descriptions of space and place. But others (maybe half of it) where really hard to digest instead.

I have read Stasiuk before, and I really enjoyed Fado for example. But this collection of character portraits never ceased to remind me of an unoriginal version of the works by Sherwood Anderson or Juan Rulfo, but in Poland.
Paweł Fiszer
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zbiór opowiadań o anty-Arkadii. Pogranicze, Polska D, E albo i F w melancholijnym stasiukowym wydaniu. Świat zastyga, jakby oblepiony leniwym blaskiem popołudniowego słońca, to znów niknie w podpełzającej pod płoty domostw szarości wieczornego nieba. Postaci utkane z prawdy i samej prawdy, a przecież wydają się być na poły cieniami, marami, do tego stopnia, że i duch nikogo nie dziwi.
Stasiuk w swoim klasycznym, kanonicznym wręcz wydaniu. Ukłon.
(Kurtyna, oklaski)
Pennie Larina
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Несподіванно чудово. Читала б і читала далі.
Nazariy Zanoz
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ранній Стасюк особливо прекрасний. Деякі оповіді можна розбирати на цитати, особливо описи. Те відчуття ефимерности й спавжности Галичини, де б вона не була.
Phil Sun
My mind would wander while reading this book, only to snag on a startling image or acute turn of phrase. At first it felt like I was reading studies of characters, interesting yet impressionistic. Setting is paramount: somewhere in rural Poland, on the border with Slovakia, just as the Iron Curtain is falling down and the state collective farm is a decomposing corpse. Village life revolves around the pub and the church, while display windows glow with new consumer products, their labels appearin ...more
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-spanish
Realmente aunque dice el titulo "cuentos" cada uno de los cuentos es parte de un todo. El libro te da una visión de la gente común, campesinos, herreros, mecánicos, mujeres sufridas del campo, niños , inclusive los clérigos del lugar que conviven y toda esta vida unida a sus recuerdos y a su religión .
Matus Miksik
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
the book takes a while to sink in, but after it does... yeah, it is all connected, most importantly author's style of writing and the black and white time-frozen village setting. the paradox here is obvious, the main catalyst of the book is it's slow pace... and it can really hold a reader in grip - though not in the usual way
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: polish, 20th-century
The first time I came across Stasiuk. A series of well-written and gripping tales of disfunctional individuals in the forested rural backwaters of post-communist Poland (there's the disfunctional again) that gradually come together in unity...
Stasiuk is GOOD!
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nie jest lekko ;)
Joey turner
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of (linked) stories set in post-communist Poland where time and existence is painted as it truly is: Absurd, (though there is much more to the work).
Katrien Steenssens
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: polish
Very inventive story-telling ala Tokarczuk or Huelle. The Polish New Wave of fiction is awesome.
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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
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“- Strachliwego masz chłopa, Maryśka. - Edek nalał kieliszek i podał męzczyźnie. - Pij! Na odwagę!
- Jaki on mój. Tak przychodzę... - powiedziała kobieta i obciągneła bluzkę na baniastych piersiach.
- A do mnie byś przyszła? - Edek wetknął kciuki za pasek i odchylił się z krzesłem do tyłu.
- Ja bojąca nie jestem. - Łysneła srebrnym zębem i wypuściła pogardliwy kłąb dymu.”
“- Ej Maryśka! Noc się kończy! - i porwał kobietę do tańca. Zderzyli się ciężko, bezwdzięcznie i cieleśnie, by z brzękiem wywalcowac zza stołu pod drzwi, a potem wzdłuż sciany i na powrót, jak ciężarny, dziecinny bąk. Spadła szklanka, brzękneła, ale chrzęst deptanego szkła przepadł w śmiechu Maryśki. Zamiotła czerwonymi włosami powietrze i ogień smagnął nagie ramiona Gacka. Upał jak czarny miód wlewał się oknem i ciała tancerzy wirowały wolno, splecione, związane tą pewnością która zjawia się od pierwszego dotyku i wszystko, co ma się stać, własciwie już się stało. Ciężki od krwi wir wciągał wszystko wokół. Ściany w rzucik, półnagą Sandy z gazety, żółtą kulę żyrandola, stół i satelity popielniczek i naczyń, wersalkę i ciemną Czestochowską za szkłem, podłogę, dreszcz przenikał dom aż po miekką skórę nieba, w którym gwiazdozbiory ocierały się o siebie nazwajem, sunąc ku ciemniejszej niż noc rozpadlinie zachodu i tylko Gacek pozostawał nieruchomy.
Muzyka urwała się raptem, lecz oni kołysali się dalej, jakby dzwięki nie były im potrzebne. Krzesło upadło na podłogę. Edek posłał je kopniakiem w kąt i próbował coś zrobić z kasetą, chociaż nie chciał ani na chwilę wypuścić tancerki z rąk.
- Pić! - zawołała Maryśka, ale butelka była już pusta.
- Co Gacek? Po wódkę też strach? - zaśmiał się Edek.”
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