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14 Apr 2011

Patrik Ourednik: The Opportune Moment, 1855

At once satirical and philosophical, Ourednik’s book opens with an Italian anarchist’s letter to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe’s latest and greatest advancements, and then leaps back in time to the shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil to build a new society. A pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice, The Opportune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature’s great provocateurs.

The Opportune Moment, 1855, translation Alex Zucker , Dalkey Archive, publication date 14 April, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-56478-596-1
www.dalkeyarchive.com

 
Patrik Ourednik:
The Opportune Moment, 1855
The nineteenth-century founding of “free settlements’in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular Czech author Patrik Ourednik. At once satirical and philosophical, The Op­portune Moment, 1855 opens with an Italian anarchist’s letter to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe’s latest and greatest advancements, from the Enlightenment to social reform to communist revolution. We then leap back in time half a century to the alternately somber and hilarious shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil with a motley, multina­tional band of idealists to build a new society. A pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice, The Op­portune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature’s great provocateurs.


Patrik Ourednik
Patrik Ourednik was born in Prague, but moved to France in 1984, where he still lives. He is the author of twelve books, including fiction, essays, and poems. He is also the Czech translator of novels, short stories, and plays from such writers as Francois Rabelais, Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, Samuel Beckett, and Boris Vian. He has received a number of prizes for his writing, including the Czech Literary Fund Award. The Opportune Moment, 1855 is his third book translated into English and published by Dalkey Archive.


We have been presented with a small gem of humor that confirms the originality of this Czech novelist. 
Epok   


Patrik Ouředník handles satire with the mastery of a Chinese executioner carving up his victim: behold the enormity of ideological idiocy.

Le Magazine Littéraire


Deliciously Voltairean.

Libération

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Venue:

www.dalkeyarchive.com

Date

14 Apr 2011

Organizer:

Dalkey Archive


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