Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Translated Literature

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk book cover
ISBN 9780525534198
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
author photo of Olga Tokarczuk. (Photo credit: Lukasz Giza)
Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk has won the Nobel Prize in Literature and the International Booker Prize, among many other honors. She is the author of a dozen works of fiction, two collections of essays, and a children’s book; her work has been translated into 50 languages. More about this author >

Author photo of Jennifer Croft. (Photo credit: Kelly Kurt Brown)
Jennifer Croft 

Jennifer Croft won a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for her novel The Extinction of Irena Rey, the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her illustrated memoir Homesick, and the 2018 International Booker Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. More about this author >

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Translated by Jennifer Croft

A seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist discovers the Achilles tendon by dissecting his own amputated leg. Chopin’s heart is carried back to Warsaw in secret by his adoring sister. A woman must return to her native Poland in order to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, and a young man slowly descends into madness when his wife and child mysteriously vanish during a vacation and just as suddenly reappear. Through these brilliantly imagined characters and stories, interwoven with haunting, playful, and revelatory meditations, Flights explores what it means to be a traveler, a wanderer, a body in motion not only through space but through time. Where are you from? Where are you coming in from? Where are you going? we call to the traveler. Enchanting, unsettling, and wholly original, Flights is a master storyteller’s answer.


Jennifer Croft and Olga Tokarczuk read at the NBAs Finalists Reading