Flights by Olga Tokarczuk wins The Man Booker International

I rarely do this, but it is a special occasion so I will give in to a tiny bout of patriotism. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft has won 2018 Man Booker International prize. She is the first Polish writer to ever win the prize, so it is a special occasion. It is a fantastic achievement and I am so proud (purely by country affiliation of course :))

Big congratulations to both the author and the translator!!!

During my reading life I read a few books by Tokarczuk, but not this one and now I am torn whether to read it in Polish or in English, I may end up buying both versions (if you watched IT Crowd think of Moss comparing adult and children versions of Harry Potter ;)). The interesting thing for me is that the original version has been published all the way back in 2007, so it stands the test of time and Croft must have done a fantastic job as a translator. Please do let me know in comments if you read it!

Last year, after quite a long break I read another one of Tokarczuk’s books House of Day, House of Night, you can find the review here.

I know I’m a few hours late to the party, but unfortunately I had to work. Still the news made my day!

Photo by Violetta Kaszubowska @ vkphotospace

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3 thoughts on “Flights by Olga Tokarczuk wins The Man Booker International

  1. How lovely for it to be so meaningful for you. I felt a bit sad reading that her usual translator hadn’t done this one, but she’s back with her for her next – phew!

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    1. That is true it was a bit surprising. The other funny thing is that the Polish edition run out and currently is not available in print only on ebook. But the publisher said they’re getting more printed.

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