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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From the perspective of the near future, the author deals with our present time, its divided societies and global challenges. What if the European elites decided to leave the exhausted continent and choose „elitexit“? Would they be able to build a new, wiser civilisation? Robert Holm, a Danish branding expert, arrives at a marketing conference…

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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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The author’s debut discards the established clichés of Czech Prose. Elegantly and humorously, using an original novel form – a bildungsroman without morality and development – it projects the lives of intentionally schematic characters, symbols and victims of their cultures onto such diverse topics as suffering, tourism, Auschwitz and kindness, the end of history and…

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Bertrand Stern is a young intellectual in the midst of an existential crisis. He finds no satisfaction either in his career or in his love life. After the breakdown of yet another relationship, he decides to go to the film festival in Karlovy Vary – with the intention of finding new love there, rather than…

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The author describes the fate of two generations of a family living in Germany and the Czech Republic. He uses this topic as a backdrop against which to examine the sociocultural relationship between the two countries and, more broadly, the current prevailing attitude towards life in Central Europe. In an irreverent and disturbing way he…

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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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