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By Tomáš Zmeškal

ISBN-10: 0300188595

ISBN-13: 9780300188592

Set in Czechoslovakia among the Nineteen Forties and the Nineteen Nineties, Tomáš Zmeškal's stimulating novel makes a speciality of one family's tragic tale of affection and the unstated. Josef meets his spouse, Kveta, prior to the second one international conflict at a public lecture on Hittite tradition. Kveta chooses to marry Josef over their mutual buddy Hynek, but if her husband is later arrested and imprisoned for an unnamed crime, Kveta offers herself to Hynek in go back for support and recommendation. the writer explores the complexities of what's now not spoken, what can't be acknowledged, the repercussions of silence after a trial, the absurdity of forgotten discomfort, and what it's to be an outsider.
In Zmeškal's story, informed now not chronologically yet really as a mosaic of occasions, time progresses inconsistently and unpredictably, as does one's figuring out. The saga belongs to a specific kin, however it additionally exposes the bigger, ongoing fight of postcommunist japanese Europe to come back to phrases with affliction whilst catharsis is denied. Reporting from a clean, multicultural point of view, Zmeškal makes a welcome contribution to eu literature within the twenty-first century.

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