Michal Ajvaz

Voyage to the South

Trans. Leszek Engelking
Podróż na Południe
Language: Polish
Title: Podróż na Południe
Place: Wrocław, Poland
Publisher: Książkowe Klimaty
Year: 2016
Pages: 532
Genre: Prose
ISBN: 9788364887246
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In a small village on the southern coast of Crete, the narrator meets a young man who tells him a history of his journey which took him from Prague as far as to the Libyan sea. It is a voyage to uncover mysterious deaths of two brothers. One was murdered during a ballet performance, the body of the second one was found by Turkish fishermen at the Asia Minor shores. On the move, the amateur detective is accompanied by one of the brothers’ girlfriend. They have to work out a lot of traces, clues and rebuses – seemingly meaningless clusters of letters in the picture of a Hungarian painter, fragments of words created in the sea by bodies of phosphorescing worms, puzzling shapes of jelly sweets found in a small shop in Croatia or the plot of an American sci-fi thriller movie, which the protagonists watch in the cinema in Rome suburb. Such leads send the heroes from town to town, the plot takes part on night trains and many places in Europe – in Bratislava, Budapest, Lublan, on the islands of Mykon and Crete… With the search for the murderer of both the brothers many other stories are interconnected, and they take the readers to even more distant places of the Earth: Moscow, Boston, Mexico City…

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Cesta na jih

Language: Polish
Title: Podróż na Południe
Place: Wrocław, Poland
Publisher: Książkowe Klimaty
Year: 2016
Pages: 532
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
Grants