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Panel Discussion with Olga Tokarczuk: 'Flights, Memory, Emigration'

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland's most celebrated and beloved authors, a winner of the Man Booker International Prize, as well as her country's highest literary honor, the Nike. She trained as a psychologist at the University of Warsaw, and her interest in Jung continues to influence her work. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1989. She is the author of eight novels and two short story collections, and has been translated into a dozen languages.

"One among a very few signal European novelists of the past quarter-century." -- The Economist
"A household name in Poland and one of Europe's major humanist writers" -- The Guardian

First published by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the UK last spring in translation by Jennifer Croft, Olga Tokarczuk’s intoxicating novel Flights (Bieguni) is now out in the United States from Riverhead. It has taken critics, booksellers, and readers alike by storm. The London Magazine pegged the book as “a brilliant, experimental tour de force” and praised its “liquid, mellifluous prose.” Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich called Tokarczuk “a magnificent writer.” Exquisitely translated by the award-winning novelist Jennifer Croft, Flights delves into the mystery and wonder intrinsic to the human experience. It is made up of 116 vignettes — both fiction and nonfiction — ranging from a Polish man’s desperate search for his wife and child after they disappear during a vacation in Croatia, to a historical account of Chopin’s heart being smuggled into Warsaw beneath his sister’s skirt. In May, Tokarczuk and Croft won the Man Booker International Prize for Flights, making it the first Polish novel to win the world’s leading prize for books in English-language translation.

Also on the panel:
Sean Bye, Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Jakub Czernik, Jagiellonian University, Poland

The discussion will be followed by followed by a reception and a book signing.

This event is co-presented by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, Open Letters Books, and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.


Friday, September 28, 2018 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Robert B. Goergen Hall for Biomedical Engineering and Optics, Sloan Auditorium 101
275 Hutchison Rd, Rochester, NY 14620

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff


diversity, literary arts, humanities




Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, Open Letter Books
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(585) 275 9898 or

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