This autobiographical novel is the author’s debut and also the first part of her unplanned trilogy, followed by the novels The Year of the Rooster and Life is Wonderful. The topic of childhood and adolescence in totalitarian Czechoslovakia is explored in an evocative and original way. Detached messages and ironic humor result in a controversial…

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Written in the form of diary entries, the author depicts the nightmarish experiences of an adoptive mother, whose two foster sons slide into delinquency at the onset of puberty. Using harsh honesty, she portrays how her dream of a large, well-functioning family dramatically falls apart.

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Inspector Libor Lavabo has to solve an unusual case: twelve she-rhinos from the Prague farm  “Rhinnocent” are dead. The animals died by fire, only small heaps of ashes are left over. The owner of “Rhinnocent” wanted to put a stop to rhino poaching in Africa. That’s why he set up a farm in Prague, with the…

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She struggles with the unhappy outcome of adopting two Romany children, which she had already described in her earlier book, The Year of the Rooster (Rok kohouta). Readers will empathize with her concern for her mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The novel also includes the author’s reflections on art, especially film and literature. Her…

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In the novel the author combines prose with scientific themes which shape and illustrate the story. The topic is biology. Hidden under the mask of black humour is an examination of human identity, a puzzle which is especially pertinent with new discoveries in genetics and the associated question of free will. Are we slaves to…

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