Michal Viewegh

A Woman's Novel

Trans. Nina Šuľgina
Роман для женщин
Language: Russian
Title: Роман для женщин
Place: Moscow, Russia
Publisher: Geleos Publishing House
Year: 2010
Pages: 277
Genre: Prose
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Here the female narrator, a twenty-year-old editor who works on a fictive woman’s weekly, candidly assesses her own love affairs. The story provides the author with space for an ironic polemic on the archetypal character so essential to so-called ‘writing for women’ – the ‘ideal man’.

In fact this is a slightly grotesque story of two women: the narrator Laura and her widowed mother, the interpreter and translator Jana. Both women are forever seeking ‘the one’. Jana was once heavily involved with a Czech guy, and ever since she has hated typical Czech men from the bottom of her heart, and keeps looking for the foreigner of her dreams. Laura eventually falls in love with 40-year Oliver. At the centre of the plot is the fact that Oliver is the very man who was once Laura’s mother’s great love, in other words that prototype of all Czech men …

Information about the original Czech edition

Román pro ženy

Other selected published translations (3)

Roman für Frauen German

Mężczyzna idealny Polish

Romanzo per donne Italian

Language: Russian
Title: Роман для женщин
Place: Moscow, Russia
Publisher: Geleos Publishing House
Year: 2010
Pages: 277
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency