House of Day, House of Night
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House of Day, House of Night

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

The town of Nowa Ruda and its surrounding countryside is a place of shifting identities. Polish now, it has been German, Czech and Austro-Hungarian among other nationalities in the past. Here, at 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 the locals all have their secrets. With the help of Marta, her enigmatic elderly neighbour, she gathers their stories, moving back and forth in time and between truth and myth, disentangling the events of their days from the dreams of their nights.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Olga
Tokarczuk

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated writers, translated into more than thirty languages. She is the author of ten works of fiction, including Flights, which won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Translation.

Olga Tokarczuk is one of Poland’s most celebrated writers, translated into more than thirty languages. She is the author of ten works of fiction, including Flights, which won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Translation.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Antonia
Lloyd-Jones

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