What’s it about?

One of Poland’s best-loved authors undertakes experiments in prose that results in spectacularly fragmented novel about physical movement and the meaning of home. A “philosophical rumination on modern-day travel.” The book is a collection of over 100 stories, some fictional, and some based on fact. For example there’s the tale of the Dutch anatomist Philip Verheyen’s discovery of the achilles tendon, and the story of Ludwika Jędrzejewicz, the sister of the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, transporting his heart back to Warsaw. It is quirky, fascinating and a compelling read that’s clearly literary fiction, but is a real page turner too.

What are the critics saying?

It just won the Man Booker International Prize 2018 – which tells you a lot – but it’s also been called an “astonishing performance … her glittering, bravura entry in the literature of ideas” (LA Review of Books) and “a cabinet of curiosities” (The Quietus).

Where can I buy it?

The Fitzcarraldo website

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