Martin Vopěnka

Ballad of Descent

Trans. Anna Bryson
Ballad of Descent
Language: English
Place: Evanston, USA
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Year: 1995
Pages: 194
Genre: Prose
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Martin and Tomas leave Prague on Christmas Day for “that other country.” Although their destination is the mountains, their departure has been initiated by a search for their own identity–people in their country have become alike, losing their individuality and becoming products of a totalitarian regime. The pair become the guests of a high school teacher, but Martin falls in love with the teacher’s daughter only to lose her in a police suppression, and the Other Country is revealed as a merciless machine of oppression that throws its people into despair.

Praise

“Vopěnka manages this material with a deft and compellingly simple control of sentences that is reminiscent of both Kafka and Kundera. The book is really superb, as is Bryson’s translation.”

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Information about the original Czech edition

Balada o sestupu

Language: English
Place: Evanston, USA
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Year: 1995
Pages: 194
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency