1 Jun 2013
Jáchym Topol: Devil's Workshop
A young man grows up in a town with a sinister history. The concentration camp may have been liberated years ago but its walls still cast their long shadows and some of the inhabitants are quite determined not to allow anyone to forget. When the camp is marked for demolition, one of the survivors begins a campaign to preserve it. Bold, brilliant and blackly comic, The Devil’s Workshop paints a deeply troubling portrait of a country dealing with its ghosts and asks: at what point do we consign the past to history?
by JÁCHYM TOPOL
Translation Alex Zucker, Portobello Books, June 2013
Jachym Topol (b.1962) is the leading Czech author of his generation. Famous in his youth as an underground poet and songwriter, since the Velvet Revolution he has written the books that have most successfully and imaginatively captured the dislocation brought about by the fall of communism. His novels include Gargling with Tar, which was published by Portobello in 2011, The Devil's Workshop (Portobello 2013) and Nightworks (Portobello 2014).
1 Jun 2013