fado andrzej stasiuk

 This is the third in my around the world challenge ,from Poland and is the first i ve read by a polish writer .Stasiuk is considered Poland’S foremost writer winning numerous awards in his homeland with his novel nine.The collection of essays  describes as a slavic road trip .The road trip is invoked by the short stories being set all over former eastern europe the stories range from the present-day to the past ,dreams Stasiuk beauty is in the eye for detail he has that straight away lead you to small town cafe ,to slavic writers , the most touching is a story about his own grandparents and ecological issues ,a lament for simple times when things werent  so available so families made do and used everything . Staisuk manages to catch the spirit of post communist times in these essays the searching for new indentys that people have had to do with the changing times ,having spent time in the early nineties working alongside Albanians ,Bosnians and Serbia i felt Stasiuk has really nailed the people of this region .A must read for any one interested in the changing face and map of europe .

In those days ,in the village there were no trash containers.there was also no trash .People brought all kinds of things,but not much was left after they were cosumed.Sugar was sold in paper bags that afterwards could be burned in the stove or reused .Bottles that had contained vinegar,oil and vodka could be sold back at the store for decent money

Stasiuk in the essay tranquilly talking about his grandparents village

The cover is a retro style cover that looks like it might have come from the seventies ,fado is published by the non-profit publisher dalkey archive late last year .

have you read polish fiction ?

what other books do you think examine the changing fac of europe ?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 18:01:15

    I have never read Polish fiction, (By the way, like the new blog format with questions at the end of each post) but I have joined a challenge to read a modest fifteen books from other countries. I have a few lined up, but will know where to look when I run out of inspiration, or am looking for something off the beaten track.


  2. winstonsdad
    Jan 20, 2010 @ 19:43:02

    new format borrowed from jackie at farmlanebooks ,seems a nice way to generate chat about a book


  3. Mytwostotinki
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 08:33:27

    I’ve read quite a lot of Polish fiction, mostly in German translation. Stasiuk is one of my favorites. Haven’t read Fado but Dukla, Journey to Babadag and Dojczland, all excellent books in my opinion. Other interesting contemporary writers are Pawel Huelle and Olga Tokarczuk. I loved also The Issa Valley by Czeslaw Milosz and of course the books of Stanislaw Lem. Gombrowicz’ Ferdydurke is quite impressive, as is the stories of Bruno Schulz. Gustaw Herling’s GULag memories A World Apart are in my opinion better than Solzhenitsyn’s books.


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