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Georgi Gospodinov: The Physics of Sorrow


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Finalist for the 2015 PEN Literary Award for Translation

Winner of the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature

“A quirky, compusively readable book that deftly hints at the emptiness and sadness at its core.”
New York Times

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Synopsis: Using the myth of the Minotaur as its organizing image, the narrator of Gospodinov’s long-awaited novel constructs a labyrinth of stories about his family, jumping from era to era and viewpoint to viewpoint, exploring the mindset and trappings of Eastern Europeans. Incredibly moving—such as with the story of his grandfather accidentally being left behind at a mill—and extraordinarily funny—see the section on the awfulness of the question “how are you?”—Physics is a book that you can inhabit, tracing connections, following the narrator down various “side passages,” getting pleasantly lost in the various stories and empathizing with the sorrowful, misunderstood Minotaur at the center of it all. (Text from Open Letter Books)

Author: Georgi Gospodinov
Title: The Physics of Sorrow
Publisher: Open Letter Books
ISBN: 978-1-940953-09-0
Original Publication Date: 2015
This Edition Published: 2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275


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