15 Apr 2013
Jiří Hájíček: Rustic Baroque
Real World Press has published Rustic Baroque, the English translation of Czech author Jiří Hájíček’s Magnesia Litera prize-winning novel Selský baroko. Set in the Czech Republic about a decade after the Velvet Revolution, Rustic Baroque tells the story of a South Bohemian genealogist who embarks on a quest for truth. It recalls the tumult in the countryside during the 1950s collectivization of agriculture, sheds light upon the torn social fabric in the decades that followed, and characterizes how Czech people of all generations struggle today to come to grips with the unresolved remnants of the country’s communist past.
By Jiří Hájíček
Translation Gale A. Kirking, Real World Press, November 2012
More info at http://www.realworldpress.net
The novel is available at Amazon.co.uk
Jiří Hájíček was born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, and spent his childhood and youth in the countryside of rural South Bohemia. To date, Hájíček has written seven books of prose. His ﬁrst book, a collection of short stories entitled Snídaně na refýži (Breakfast on Safety Island) was published in 1998. His debut novel, Zloději zelených koní (The Green Horse Rustlers), was released in 2001. The second novel, Dobrodruzi hlavního proudu (Mainstream Adventurers), came out in 2002. A second book of short stories, Dřevěný nůž (The Wooden Knife), was published in 2004. Selský baroko (Rustic Baroque), Hájíček’s commercially most successful work to date, appeared in 2005. It was awarded the Magnesia Litera prize for literature in the Czech Republic. Another book of short stories, Fotbalové deníky (Football Diaries), was published in 2007. His latest novel, Rybí krev (Fish Blood), was released in 2012.
15 Apr 2013