The train rolls on. Inside, alone in the compartment, a young woman is sitting, wounded in body and soul. She is looking at the landscape outside the window, thinking about her family, reminiscing about cheerful moments spent with her sister, who committed suicide. Why? No one knows. Marie, the protagonist of the novel, blames herself…

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A young woman from a small town in the Sudetenland is paraplegic after a car accident. Although she is bound to a wheelchair and her marriage collapses, she decides to enjoy her life to the fullest. Despite her disability she wins the right to educate her son as a single mother. She also succeeds in…

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Twenty-eight-year-old Anna answers the phone on an information line and lives alone in an apartment full of knickknacks gathering dust. Apart from her sister, Dana, she barely sees anyone else, occupying her time with a stream of sardonic internal dialogue. Anna is a wounded soul, marked by the trauma of childhod violence. Her father died a sudden death.…

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After the collapse of his successful business, the Czech entrepreneur Jakub decides to take part in a secret American research project. He is required to spend almost a year in absolute solitude, without knowing why. Therefore he leaves his wife and his children behind and finds himself in a deserted area of the Andes, somewhere…

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“I have lived. Who can say that about themself?” This is how the narrator and main character David assesses his life at the end of the novel. It is the story of a man who lacks fulfillment despite his relative wealth. After the death of his wife he suddenly finds himself alone with his eight-year-old…

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He wants a better life in Europe; she just wants someone to love her. Their relationship, problematic from the start, gradually crumbles, leaving them both desperate and hopeless. It might seem that Pekárková’s novel is just next in the line of unhappy love stories involving white women and African men; but in fact, it delves…

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In this novel Iva Pekárková writes about a modern-day phenomenon no-one has written about yet, that is, black-and-white relationships within the Czech Republic. She knows what’s going on in Prague streets and nightclubs as well as in sleepy Czech towns whose inhabitants may never have seen a “live” black man. She sets the “big world…

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The heroine of this novel is a Czech woman in her forties, suffering a deep personal crisis. Instead of staying in her homeland and succumbing to her depression, she decides to try and start again. When the reader meets her, she lives in London where she has chosen the best therapy for her wounded soul:…

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First published in 1996 in Czech, in 2000 in German and in English translation. 2017 the novel is being revived. It has been republished in the Czech Republic and in Germany. Hail Gin’s taxi and take a seat for the ride of your life! Jindřiška/Gin is a New York cabbie, a struggling Czech immigrant alternately…

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When a poet sets out on a journey to another continent, it can sometimes have unexpected consequences. For Sylva Fischerová the result was the book she wrote after returning from her poetry reading tour of the American East Coast and Midwest. The book offers some unusual and very personal insights into the similarities and differences…

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