Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Translated Literature

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk book cover
ISBN 9780525534198
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Jennifer Croft 

Jennifer Croft is a 2018–19 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. She is also the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation, the 2018 Found in Translation Award, the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, and a Tin House Scholarship for her novel Homesick, originally written in Spanish. More about this author >

Olga Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated writers, translated into more than thirty languages. She is the author of ten works of fiction, including Flights, which won the Man Booker International Prize and was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Translation. 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