The poems of J. H. Krchovský, one of the most significant writers to emerge from the Prague underground, have achieved cult status and many have entered public consciousness. What’s more, several of his poems have been musicalized and all of his hitherto published books are currently out of print. Krchovský’s bewitching poetry affects all generations; it arises from omnipresent mystery and haze of death that envelops the seemingly ordinary and obvious events. Much has been written about his inspiration by decadent poetry in particular, and fin de siècle atmosphere in general, nevertheless, in this book morbidity and nihilism are simultaneously the sources of overwhelming sarcasm and self-irony.
The previous edition of Krchovský’s poetry collection Básně (Poems) came out in 1998 and since then, more than eight thousand copies have been sold in various reprints. Básně sebrané (Collected Poems) add two subsequently published collections to this canon: Poslední list (Final Letter, Petrov 2003) a Nad jedním světem (Above One World, Host 2004).