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30 Nov 2016 19:00 - 21:00

Launch of Antonín Bajaja’s novel “Burying The Season”

An evening of conversation with the author, his translator David Short and Dr Rajendra Chitnis, Senior Lecturer in Czech literature at the University of Bristol.

Antonin Bajaja was born into a well-known medical family in the small Moravian industrial town of Zlin on 30 May 1942. He began writing in the 1960s while he studying at the University of Agriculture in Brno and after graduating, spent much of his life working for livestock co-operatives. In the 1990s, he joined Radio Brno as an editor and began writing journalism, poetry and fiction. In addition to English, his work has been published in Russian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Slovene. In 20004, he won the Magnesia Litera Prize for prose and was awarded the Czech State Prize for Literature in 2010.

Burying the Season is an affectionate, multi-layered account of small town life in central Europe beginning in the early 1930s and ending in the 21st Century. Adapting scenes from Fellini’s Amarcord, Bajaja’s meandering narrative weaves humour, tragedy and historical events into a series of compelling nostalgic anecdotes.
The ex-King of Bulgaria, a future president with the unfortunate name Goose, strange visitors and eccentric locals are just a few of the peculiar, but very human, characters drawn by the author experiencing the wonder and disillusionment of their everyday lives.
Zlín, Bajaja’s hometown, with its Bauhaus inspired architecture, built by its major employer Baťa Shoes, feature prominently. Friends and family walk, skate, swim, quarrel, love and fall into the local river Dřevnice; disappearing and re-appearing, surviving changing times while their children play Swallows and Amazons. As an essay in remembering, it offers hope.

Tickets are £5, which will be redeemable against the cost of the book on the night, and can be reserved in store, by phone on 0207 851 2400 or by email piccadilly@waterstones.com

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Cover by Jack Coling

Photo of author taken by Jan Němec (author of “The History of Light”)









Waterstones, 203 - 206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD


30 Nov 2016 19:00 - 21:00


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