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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  9 reviews

"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

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Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published May 22nd 2017 by Open Letter (first published April 17th 2013)
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João Reis
Quite an interesting book. Although categorized as fiction, I've read it mostly as an essay (I don't classify it as a novel), a kind of melancholy travelogue, written in a style slightly reminiscent of that of Sebald. The narrator (a Polish writer spending a month in Gotland, Sweden) reflects on his family past migrations all over Eastern Europe and, therefore, on European history and current society. Each chapter can almost be read as an independent little essay. A quiet, slow reading, but sadl ...more
Eileen
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Late in his memoir, Nowicki refers to Life A User's Manual as a favorite book that always accompanies his incessant travels. "Another moment of beauty in Perec is his endless calculations, lists of objects, people, facts, and occurrences that stemmed from each other. Lists of consecutive owners of certain objects filling out spaces that, in the end, disperse like smoke over a meadow because, as the author claimed himself, they had never existed, were neither beautiful or ugly." Nowicki roams t ...more
madziar
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do tej książki będę wracać. Być może dlatego, że to bardzo dobra książka podróżnicza. (Podróżnicza właśnie, nie turystyczna - myśląc kategoriami Bowlesa). Nowicki ma w sobie rzadką umiejętność przelania na papier mikrokosmosów zdarzeń i ludzi - tak, jakby robił im fotografie. Nawiedza kolejne miejsca bez dyscypliny zwiedzania, chłonie klimat i staje jako obserwator - zawsze gdzieś z boku, zawsze z bagażem historii rodzinnych, którymi jest nasiąknięty jak gąbka. Książka jest zbiorem zapisów z pod ...more
Susan
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-read
I won this book through Goodreads. Heartwarming and beautifully written. Loved it.
Madhuri
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, wanderlust
3.5
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
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Luis Cuesta
I received this book as a giweaaway, I like how the narrator of Salki starts recounting tragic stories of his family’s past, detailing their lives, struggles, and fears in twentieth-century Eastern Europe. In these pieces, he investigates various “salkis”—attic rooms where memories and memorabilia are stored. From memories of childhood trips to, fairly late, a more detailed description of his stay at BCWT in Gotland, Nowicki gets around a great deal -- including, often, tangling with (largely fa ...more
Rachel Parrott
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
"Salki" is a great collection of memories and reflections on the author's family and his travels, a journey well worth the read.
Chris Grieves
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favourite book from Open Letter so far. A joy to read. Sections of it reminded me of Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai (which, in my mind, is a huge compliment).
Lazarus-II
Jul 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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