Michal Viewegh

Tourists on an Excursion

Účastníci zájezdu
Language: Czech
Title: Účastníci zájezdu
Publisher: Petrov
Year: 1996
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A portrayal of the tragicomic and absurd fates of two dozen people temporarily changed into tourists during their summer vacation on a bus trip to Italy. Though written in the third-person-singular, the content is actually autobiographical. The author describes the misery and banality of human relationships, using a sociologically vibrant sample of Czech tourists of various ages and from various walks of life (pleasant but plain Jolana, her parents, whose relationship has over the years become a mere stereotype, the gracefully ageing ladies Helga and Šarlota). The star is the writer Max, who wants to take a rest from his erotic adventures among two male, homosexual friends. Their rather silly guide, blonde beauty Pamela, decides to make friends of all these holidaymakers, but the thing is, they are seeing each other for the first time.

Selected published translations (1)

Uczestnicy wycieczki Polish

Language: Czech
Title: Účastníci zájezdu
Publisher: Petrov
Year: 1996
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency