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Alex Skovron: The Man Who Took to his Bed
Author: Alex Skovron, Translation: Josef Tomáš, First edition: 2019, Pages: 176, Language: Czech, ISBN 978-80-88050-08-7
A man wakes up one morning to find an unknown woman in bed beside him. A failed writer devises an ingenious method of plagiarizing the work of others. Whole properties in a suburban neighbourhood begin vanishing overnight. An ancient grand piano is purchased by a mysterious young customer with an old secret. A spontaneous experiment in the paranormal produces an unexpected result …
This collection of fourteen short stories is Alex Skovron’s second book of fiction, after his novella The Poet (2005). It introduces an eclectic range of protagonists, predicaments, voices, and narrative styles – playful, earnest, speculative, ironic, intimate, bittersweet, surreal. Between them, the characters we meet span childhood and adolescence, adulthood and old age, and their stories highlight the untoward in the everyday, the transformative in the mundane, the twists and turning-points that can challenge us – and the games we play with others, and with ourselves.
‘Intricate, dreamy, deeply literate stories that unsettle the senses and stir the intellect.’
‘By turns beautifully detailed, puzzling and always intriguing, the hauntingly solitary tone of these exquisitely observed stories induces a rare meditative attentiveness in the reader. It is a powerfully affecting collection that left me eager to explore more of Skovron’s world.’
Jiří Orten: Elegies
Author: Jiří Orten, Translation: Josef Tomáš and Alex Skovron, First edition: 2019, Pages: 112, Language: Czech and English, ISBN 978-80-88050-09-4
This special bilingual edition of the Elegies of Jiří Orten – the complete Czech text with a new English translation – has been published to coincide with celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of the author’s birth on 30 August 1919. The time of the inception of the nine Elegies is reported by the author himself, who was writing them successively into his diary from February to early March 1941. Half a year later, struck by a German car, Jiří Orten was dead. He was twenty-two years old. As a Jew, Orten had to share the fate of a whole people whom Nazism had destined for “extinction”.
The genre of elegy, a lament, is associated with the image of rebirth in Orten’s poetry, which refers to the tradition of the scriptures. His Elegies move in the zone of a death vow. It is a place where past events appear, but seek their ancient significance in vain. In a marginal situation, there emerge, from a time past, torsos of stories, dreams, memories, evocations of scenes, with their actors. It is a world of once beautiful and firm “paperweights”, of safe rest, but a world that has lost its sense. Orten has a special gift for the specifics that objectify this loss of certainty as the unsteadiness of the world. As if we were akin to the drunkards we read about in the Fifth Elegy. The sequence of scenes, sounds, events, the torso of the “sorrowful story”, all this is shifting, or merging into reflected imagery, accompanied by ever-returning questions.
It is not possible not to be reminded of the Duino Elegies of Rainer Maria Rilke with his themes of abandon, nostalgia, death, the dissolution of being. Rilke, a native of Prague, was widely translated in Bohemia. The Duino Elegies were published in several translations (first in 1930). Unlike Rilke, for whom it is significant that his words, his verses be laden with intricately layered meanings, Orten's expression is more transparent, more dramatic, relies on a dialogue. The essence of his poetry lies in a conversation not only with the present, but also with the future. In a “time of collapse”, his poem is a witness of internal events and feelings, which, however, reveal not just the intimate sphere of the human. It is an urgent, passionate poet's appeal to the moment, which touches the very essence of poetry and the question of how to express the condition of man in the face of his endangered existence.
It is also important to point out the relationship of Orten to another quasi-Czech great author: Franz Kafka. As Franz Kafka, Orten was Jew, both coming of a German speaking family (Orten’s family name was Ohrenstein) and living in a Czech milieu. Yet Franz Kafka is known everywhere in the world, but Orten practically nowhere. The reason is that Orten was by one generation younger than Kafka and was born in a new country – Czechoslovakia, while Kafka spent almost all his life in the Austrian empire. This determined that Kafka wrote in German and Orten in Czech.
Immediately after the end of the Second World War, Václav Černý designated Orten as a leading poet of European existentialism. Orten’s Elegies were published in 1946 and his collected works in 1947. But then a silence again descended, until the year 1958, when the Diaries came out. It was not until the sixties that Jiří Orten's work was rehabilitated.
This special edition of Elegies wants to open Orten's world to those poetry lovers who are inaccessible to the world of Czech. So that they can recite the immortal Seventh Elegy:
I write you, Karin. Are you still alive?
Or are you lodged where longing can’t survive,
your dangerous age behind you all too soon?
Perhaps you’re dead? Well then, ask your tomb
to lighten its load. My lady, ask the roses
to close up their petals. Ask what decomposes
to read you a page from my own demise.
Jindra Hojer: Fragments from the Life of Jindra Hojer
Jindra Hojer, known from Foglar's Fast Arrows, wrote fragments of his life at the age of 95. Tales are funny, sad, personal and intimate. In 1936, Jindra Hojer was still a little boy, but his membership in Foglar's Boy Scout troop of Prague Two influenced his whole life. He became the model of the well-known character from the comic book Fast Arrows. At the age of 95, however, he decided to sit behind a typewriter, which is a memorial to his wife Tája, and write down fragments of his life. Jindra Hojer's previous book Mysterious Brain Teasers for Clever Brains was sold out almost before its release. The book has received tremendous response not only from fans of Fast Arrows and Scouting, but also to the general public, who received news of the new book through the media. Therefore, Jindra Hojer decided to give his fans one more work on his 95th birthday, this time purely about his life.
He gives his stories, both happy and sad, to his readers with a distinctive exaggeration, ease and wit that is so typical for Jindra Hojer. Stories from life and from Greece and Italy, both before and shortly after the Velvet Revolution, are accompanied by photographs that complement the reader's imagination. In addition to the stories from the author's life, the fictional character of Mr. Šmodrcha comes alive with whom you will experience extraordinary adventures of ordinary life. Funny (sometimes ticklish) stories full of ironic twists have been prepared by the author for several decades. We can only guess whether they are fictitious or whether he lets Jindra Hojer look into his real experiences. The author himself smiles wistfully on this subject and convinces that the stories are completely fictional because "what the readers and fans would otherwise think of him". His amusingly mysterious tone of voice and facial expression, however, suggests that… But so - let's speculate and meet with Mr. Šmodrcha and the real Jindra Hojer.
Jindra Hojer: Mysterious puzzles for smart folks
Author: Jindra Hojer, First edition: 2019, Pages: 144, Language: Czech, ISBN 978-80-88050-05-6
The book, written by Jindra Hojer at the age of 94, known for his character from Foglar's comic book Fast Arrows, is full of logical and mathematical tasks and puzzles, over which children and adults will wonder.
The aim of the publication is to teach readers to think logically in an entertaining way and to show that even a not very successful graduation course can be matured. The work combines mathematics and logic with play. Each chapter contains a description and instructions on how to solve the puzzle, a practice example with a solution and a number of other examples to practice. An integral part is the Czech-mathematical dictionary. The book is accompanied by a cartoon character Jindra Hojer, who advises how to solve tasks effectively. The end of the book is dedicated to Jindřich Hojer himself, who will present important moments of his life - happy and sad - in several stages.
As the Hungarian-American mathematician George Pólya saids, solving mathematical and logical problems is a practical art that we learn as well as learn to swim, ski or walk. The objection that there is enough time to teach logical thinking at a later age does not hold up. We also learn to swim or walk at toddler age, so why not start with logical thinking in time.
Vladimír a Zdenka Rozehnalovi: Through the Czech paths of nobel horses
Authors: Vladimír a Zdenka Rozehnalovi, First edition: 2019, Pages: 248, Language: Czech, ISBN 978-80-88050-07-0
Take a walk or go by bike, scooter, car or train along the trails of noble horses. You will visit places that are associated with breeding these elegant and irreplaceable animals. The paths will take you through the historical towns of East Bohemia, through a landscape full of rivers, ponds, meadows, forests, as well as cultural and industrial monuments or stud farms.
The format of the guide, added maps, descriptions of the most interesting locations and GPS coordinates of the selected places and their photos will make your trip easier. The text is revived by fictitious historical stories that present these places in another, more creative way. The trails will take you to the surroundings of Chlumec nad Cidlinou, to the UNESCO-listed stud farm in Kladruby nad Labem, behind the oldest Czech breed - the unique Old Kladruby horse. You can continue through the stud farms, the foothills of the Iron Mountains around Heřmanův Městec and Slatiňany to the bishop's Chrast, pilgrimage Luže or Skuteč after the "Granite Trail" to the flooded granite quarries. You can find accommodation at one of the campsites in this rural landscape, where time is still slow. The publication is a follow-up to the previously published books of the Cities of Pardubice Region (2015), The Secret of the Trstenice Trail (2016) and the Pernštejn Trail in the 21st Century (2017).
Zdenka Rozehnalová: The country is also yours: 1918–2018
Author: Zdenka Rozehnalová, First edition: 2018, Pages: 288, Language: Czech, ISBN 978-80-88050-04-9
The book gives the reader an overview of the way to the creation of Czechoslovakia and stories of important people who have contributed to the creation of the new republic.The chapters are devoted to the stories of important people who participated in several historical stages. The events are told as they might be, so they strive for historical authenticity.
You will read a possible interview of František Palacký with Josef Jungmann, see the weekday of Charlotte Garrigue-Masaryk or learn about the origin of the Czech currency. Because the theme of the Czechoslovak Republic is mostly educational, the author included in her work lightening dialogues of father and son, which tell fictional stories from individual periods. The publication was published on the occasion of the centenary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic.
Vladimír a Zdenka Rozehnalovi: Pernštejn trail in the 21st century
Author: Vladimír a Zdenka Rozehnalovi, First edition: 2017, Pages: 192, Language: Czech, ISBN 978-80-88050-02-5
Follow the historical trails and towns of the Pardubice Region and discover the beautiful Elbe landscape full of meadows, forests, ponds, rivers and monuments. Practical information is interspersed with fiction elements.The towns of the Pardubice Region are connected by a network of paths, some of which have the character of old long-distance paths that you can follow by bike or by car. Guide format, maps, detailed city and route descriptions and GPS coordinates make it easy for readers and hikers to plan trips. You will visit interesting cities, villages and natural monuments, discover the beauty of nature and learn about the history of the journey from Přelouč to Holice. The eye-catching text comments on the most important places and is interspersed with fictitious historical stories that illustrate the areas in a lightweight way. The publication includes a number of author photographs of the places visited.