It is often called a balad of Smíchov (a famous townpart of Prague) and straight at the beginning of the book, the reader is cast into the city, where streets and shops appear as if they were part of an underground labyrinth. Two worlds are in conflict with each other and the main character Jatek is not feeling at home in either of them. Nevertheless he has to live in them. He leaves one world, but he never fully reaches the other world. In each of them a strong mysterious ingredient awaits him, which turns life into life: love or drugs. In each of them the dark law of death is on the look-out for him, a pit, or the Exit Angel – the exit or death.
More information in French here.
Information about the original Czech edition
Other selected published translations (4)
Der Engel exit German
Anděl: L’incrocio dell’Angelo Italian
Angel Station English