1 May 2014
Jáchym Topol: Nightwork
On the eve of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, two young brothers are set to escape in a remote village but it soon turns out that they have arrived in a place with perils of its own. As the two boys struggle to make a home for themselves, a series of unexplained deaths push them to make bold decisions. Published by Portobello Book on 1 May 2014.
One night in 1968, on the eve of the Soviet invasion, 13 year-old Ondra
and his younger brother Kamil are bundled into a coach bound for their
father's birthplace, a mountainous, forested village in northern
Bohemia. But when they arrive it becomes clear that this escape promises
its own perils, and the boys find themselves stranded in a rural
community riven with petty suspicion and stained by prejudice, a
borderland over which fleeing peoples, victims of genocide, and
trigger-happy armies regularly tramp. Growing up in this dark, chaotic
landscape, the two boys struggle to make a home for themselves, until a
series of unexplained deaths push them to make bold decisions to ensure
Translated by Marek Tomin.
Published: 1 May 2014
Jáchym Topol 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 May 2014