A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk. Andrzej Stasiuk is one of the most successful and internationally acclaimed contemporary Galician Tales, one of several works available in English (others include Nine, Dukla, Fado, and On the Road to Babadag), conveys an impression of. A fado is a plaintive song of yearning for a person or place that perhaps never was OR the natural title for Andrzej Stasiuk’s delicate, deeply-shadowed book of .

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To enjoy it, you need to: At times, in my extravagant cosmopolitan dreams, I see the main ridge of the mountains.

The music Stasiuk hears at 3: So much then for the sneer occasionally heard that literary self-publishing is merely a form of vanity press. The highlight of this book, for me, are his rather disconnected musings on his own fatherhood and the day to day life fadk his grandparents. Translated by Bill Johnston.

Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk

What an appropriate a title then to apply to a collection of essays about the sad lamentable history and forgotten byways and highways actually dusty roads is more accurate of Central and Eastern Europe. Stasiku talks about the emptiness that is felt in places, where modernization has tado many without a purpose.

I am interested to see how this stasiku would compare to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. It is more the spirit of On the Road that imbues Fado. It ends with one of the group killing another and then himself. A former prison reopened as a boutique hostel called “The Place of Freedom” and the patrons who apparently feel that the most important freedom that had been lacking was good haircuts and good sex. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole.


Nothing is self-evident here, and anything can turn out to be something else. Stadiuk music of the poor. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.

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adnrzej So much then for the sneer occasionally heard that literary self-publishing is merely a form of vanity press. There was a political tsasiuk behind each image, and Stasiuk shows how the meaning of money changed too. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The farm is also a place where “nothing was wasted” and very little trash was created compared to the convenient and crass modern world. In Stasiuk’s own words, “[t]here is no individual, human story in this book [ Its unrelenting Otherness remains.

In Levoka, he observes the local police, who group together in anticipation of a rebellion by Gypsy residents.

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This is what you and I can’t experience as a tourist per se. Hmmm, this was an odd little book. He enlightens by describing the many facet of Central and Eastern Europe, the essence of it’s geography and how it affects their way of life.

Was bleibt, ist Mythografie, und auf diesem Gebiet zeigt sich Stasiuk einmal mehr als ein Experte, der mit grosser stilistischer Kraft schreibt.

Increasingly Stasiuk’s prose in these two novels is stark, inexpressive one reviewer says, bedrock flat, if at times oblique. Kejti rated it it was amazing May 31, Which doesn’t mean, does it, that we must not remain vigilant.

The bicycle chain may swing in the streets of Warsaw, but against the natural, romantic backdrop of mountains the gloves come off. Both places were hijacked by politics, history, and their own inward looking rural traditions from the mainstream of Western European traditions, thus they were considered unsophisticated places by the cultural and intellectual elites of the West and were not worth a visit, much andgzej places to write about.


This is a collection of what might be called travel pieces by this respected Polish writer. One must find a way to live without being buried by the past or having to follow the instant practice of the Stasiu “We have vado become you,” Stasiuk notes. Stasiuk resides there and his impressions are that much more knowledgeable and profound. They have really tried [to learn from the past] and are still trying, and I say this without irony and with respect, [but] when there is a group, someone has to dominate, that’s how it is.

Also repeated is the insistence of mixing old and new, the farm worker holding his scythe as he walks among skyscrapers bordered by centuries-ol I read this series of meditations on Eastern European life because, well, I know next to nothing about Eastern Europe which thus makes it a compelling location.

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The noisy, restless flow of modernity passes through them, but the mountains stasuuk remain undisturbed. I read this series of meditations on Eastern Adnrzej life because, well, I know next to nothing about Eastern Europe which thus makes it a compelling location. Old Kuznetsov may well have been right when he spoke of innocence. Stasiuk frequently contributes articles to Polish and German papers. Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk Members. We lived in our cities and countries in appearance only, because for us they were fictitious entities.

This was followed by a collection of poetry in called Love and Non-Love Poems and then in he published White Ravenan adventure story. Of Montenegro, he writes: Such humanity, such willingness to look benignly on the world around and such a writer, all in one man.