Tales of Galicia

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Seemingly a collection of prose ballads about a mythical village facing the trauma of 1990s-style economic transformation, the book gradually reinvents itself as a novel. Considered one of Poland's leading contemporary writers, Stasiuk brilliantly blurs the line between genres as he explores the fissures in existence where there is often little difference between the living and the dead, death and sleep, dream and reality, the real and the televised, and between civilization and nature.

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Andrzej Stasiuk provides a powerful synchronic ethnography of contemporary Polish Galicia. -- Slavic and East European Journal, Spring 2004

I haven't been this impressed, in terms of poetic line writing and structure, since Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son. -- Newpages.com, August 11, 2003

Smooth and elegant translation makes Tales of Galicia ... most enjoyable reading for connoisseurs of good literature. -- World Literature Today, May-August 2004

Tales of Galicia ... describes the soul of a village community with more authenticity than anything else I have read. -- John Berger, Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2003

[R]anks among the most vivid and profound works of fiction published this year . . . a masterpiece. -- The Journal News, December 21, 2003

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