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message 1: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka Thanks for reading my review on that Tokarczuk, Katia. I found this novel less impactful than other novels by her I read so far but thought it was nonetheless important read. Glad you found it to your taste too. And so glad to meet another fan of Chmielewska :) I used to read her in my youth and enjoyed her novels immensly.


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Katia N Agnieszka wrote: "Thanks for reading my review on that Tokarczuk, Katia. I found this novel less impactful than other novels by her I read so far but thought it was nonetheless important read. Glad you found it to y..."

Dear Agnieszhka, thank you for taking your time writing the comment and reading the review. I really appreciate it, especially from you who can read her in her native language. Did it remind you Chmielwska as well? Polish literature is so good and diverse! I hope they will start now to translate more Polish authors, especially the modern ones. I liked Boleslaw Pruss when i was in my 20s as well. I want to reread some of him soon... Did you like it?

I as well thought this novel was not perfect, but I like how passionate she is on behalf of heroine. Did you read Tokarzchuk's last novel? It sounds very ambitious, but it has not been translated yet into any language I know.


message 3: by Agnieszka (new)

Agnieszka I loved Bolesław Prus either, had read some of his novels and short stories but my all time favourite of him remains The Doll. As to latest Tokarczuk I believe you think about this one Księgi Jakubowe. Haven't read it yet. Recently she published also collection of stories Opowiadania bizarne. As far as I know both titles haven't been translated into English yet. Hopefully will find some time to read this year her other novel Bieguni.


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Katia N Agnieszka wrote: "I loved Bolesław Prus either, had read some of his novels and short stories but my all time favourite of him remains The Doll. As to latest Tokarczuk I believe you think about this o..."

Thank you! I need to read the Doll urgently. Not sure which translation to read- English or Russian or even Ukrainian...

Thank you for letting me know Tokarczuk has written a story collection since Ksiegi Jakubowe. I did not know that. She is really prolific! Look forward what you think about Bieguni.


message 5: by Hugh (new)

Hugh Thanks - another great review and one that helps me to place this in context, having just read the new English translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.


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Katia N Hugh wrote: "Thanks - another great review and one that helps me to place this in context, having just read the new English translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones."

Thank you, Hugh! I am glad you liked this book as well. She is so wonderfully versatile writer. I preferred the Flights, but this was as well very entertaining and sincere. Antonia Lloyd-Jones seems to be a very good translator. I cannot wait until they translate Olga's 'Jacob's Scriptures" into any language I know. It seems to be something very different again and very promising.


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Hugh Katia wrote: "Hugh wrote: "Thanks - another great review and one that helps me to place this in context, having just read the new English translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones."

Thank you, Hugh! I am glad you like..."

I think that one is due to be published by Fitzcarraldo about this time next year as The Books of Jacob, in a translation by Jennifer Croft.


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Katia N Hugh wrote: "Katia wrote: "Hugh wrote: "Thanks - another great review and one that helps me to place this in context, having just read the new English translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones."

Thank you, Hugh! I am..."


Or thank you, Hugh. Will look forward to. It is massive i've heard, but touches the period of history which would be very interesting for me from the perspective of this geographical region.


message 9: by Gaurav (new)

Gaurav Beautiful review, Katia. The way you've explained the underlying themes and the development of prose and protagonist by Tokarczuk is quite astounding.


message 10: by Katia (new)

Katia N Gaurav wrote: "Beautiful review, Katia. The way you've explained the underlying themes and the development of prose and protagonist by Tokarczuk is quite astounding."

Thank you, Gaurav. Sorry I've somehow overlooked your comment earlier. It is nice little novel by her. I prefer "Flights" though. I am thinking of reading her back catalogue, but probably first will wait for The Book of Jacob. It talks about the places very close to the place I spent my childhood albeit 400 years ago (the book not my childhood:-))


ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos) I just found your wonderful review Katia (The autocorrect keeps changing the spelling of your name to “Katja” which is the name of one of my daughters. Quite frustrating.) You have certainly convinced me that I should read this book. It would seem to be quite intelligent. I shall add it to my list. Your writing is wonderful.


message 12: by Katia (new)

Katia N ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos) wrote: "I just found your wonderful review Katia (The autocorrect keeps changing the spelling of your name to “Katja” which is the name of one of my daughters. Quite frustrating.) You have certainly convin..."

Thank you very much, dear Arkhaios. I am sure I have the same name as your daughter. So please use any spelling you like. Екатерина (Катя) - that is the real one:-) It is great little book. So i hope it and its humour.


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