Physics of Sorrow

Angela Rodel

'Compulsively readable' New York Times
'Utterly original' Alberto Manguel

In the small and the insignificant - that's where life hides, that's where it builds its nest.

Our unnamed narrator is not well. He suffers from attacks of 'pathological empathy', which cause him to wander unbidden into other people's memories. He moves from recollection to recollection - from a Bulgarian country fair in 1925, where he meets a Minotaur, to inside the mind of a slug, as it is swallowed by his own Grandfather.

Part family history, part coming-of-age story, part meditation on life in Communist Europe, The Physics of Sorrow is a dazzlingly inventive, mind-expanding novel from one of Europe's most important writers.


  • Classification : GENERAL & LITERARY FICTION
  • Pub Date : FEB 15, 2024
  • Imprint : W&N
  • Page Extent : 288
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9781399623131
  • Price : INR 599

Angela Rodel

Georgi Gospodinov was born in Yambol, Bulgaria, in 1968. His works have now been translated to acclaim in 25 languages, have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes - including the PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis - and have won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize and the 2021 Premio Strega Europe, among others.>

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