"It all blends here unexpectedly: that past and memory with the present and space. [. . .] At times, your skin will crawl with pleasure from reading."—Andrzej Stasiuk
Lying in bed in Gotland after a writer's conference, thinking about his compulsive desire to travel—and the uncomfortable tensions this desire creates—the narrator of Salki starts recounting tragic stories of...more
This is a book about a man’s travels, where he is looking for other people’s memories in the places he sees. He is either trying to find the suffering recounted to him by his family of Eastern European immigrants, or looking for borrowed eyesight from Writers like Milosz and Perec. In scattered bits, he talks about these places, most of them in Eastern Europe or merging into Eastern Europe. He is almost aware that he sees nothing in this world except through his filters.
In many places his wri ...more