The most important Czech novel of the 1990's, this modern epic captures the emotional dislocation that followed the Czech's new-found freedom in 1989. Winner of the Egon Hostovsky Prize for the best Czech book of the year, it was the only post- -Velvet Revolution title included in a writers' and critics' list of the 100 Greatest Czech Books of the Century. A phantasmagoria of story-telling, including dreams, horror, intrigue, romance and satire, it expresses the feelings of a generation. 'A first novel the way 'The Tin Drum' and 'Midnight's Children' were first novels' - Newsday
Jachym Topol is the son of Josef Topol, renowned playwright, poet, and Shakespeare translator. He played an active role in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, writing and editing Respekt, an independent newsletter. His first collection of poetry, I Love You Madly received the Tom Stoppard Prize for Unofficial Literature. Alex Zucker previous translations include More Than One Life by Miloslava Holubava and A Trip to the Train Station by Jachym Topol.