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House of Day, House of Night (Hardback)

Olga Tokarczuk

Edité par Northwestern University Press, United States, 2003
ISBN 10: 0810118696 / ISBN 13: 9780810118690
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Titre : House of Day, House of Night (Hardback)

Éditeur : Northwestern University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2003

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : New edition.

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Nowa Ruda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been a part of Poland, Germany and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator of this novel moves into the area, she discovers everyone - and everything - has its own story. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780810118690

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Synopsis : The English translation of the prize-winning international bestseller. Nowa Roda is a small town in Silesia, an area that has been part of Poland, Germany, and the former Czechoslovakia in the past. When the narrator moves into the area, she discovers everyone--and everything--has its own story. With the help of Marta, her enigmatic neighbor, the narrator accumulates these stories, tracing the history of Nowa Ruda from the founding of the town to the lives of its saints, from the caller who wins the radio quiz every day to the tale of the man who causes international tension when he dies on the border, one leg on the Polish side, the other on the Czech side. Each of the stories represents a brick, and they interlock to reveal the immense monument that is the town. What emerges is the message that the history of any place--no matter how humble--is limitless, that by describing or digging at the roots of a life, a house, or a neighborhood, one can see all the connections, not only with one's self and one's dreams but also with all of the universe. Richly imagined and interwoven with anecdote, recipes, and gossip, Tokarczuk's novel is an epic of a small place. Since its original publication in 1998 it has remained a bestseller in Poland. House of Day, House of Night is the English-language debut of one of Europe's best young writers.

Synopsis: The town of Nowa Ruda and the surrounding countryside is a place of shifting identities. Polish now, it has been German, Czech and Austro-Hungarian in the past. Here, in the heart of Europe, where borders move and languages and their speakers come and go, ordinary lives are not as simple as they appear. When the narrator and her husband settle in the area, she soon discovers that all the locals have their secrets and with the help of Marta, her enigmatic old neighbour, she gathers their stories, disentangling the events of their days from the dreams of their nights. House of Day, House of Night is a wonderfully funny weave of myths and dreams, internet findings, recipes and gossip. A bestseller in Poland, and winner of the prestigious NIKE prize - the country's most important literary prize - its publication brings a new voice to English-speaking readers.

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