Dita Táborská


Host, 2018, 360 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788075775832
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Běsa is a many-layered existential drama that is a loose continuation of Malinka.

Běla and Sabina are identical twins. Their extraordinarily powerful childhood bond unravels because of a battle with drugs from which only one of the sisters will emerge victorious. Once that battle is over, their mother will be overwhelmed by self-pity as she expends most of her thoughts and love on the lost child. The other child loses her mother as well as her twin.

Vitalij was born in a Czech village in Ukraine, in the year of the girls’ birth. Now an adult, he decides to visit the home of his forebears, a land he longs to see. Once in Prague, however, he becomes involved with Luboš, a pimp and dealer in foreign workers who deprives him of all his illusions.

Then a child is born who connects the fates of all the protagonists, forcing them to reappraise their understanding of all it means to be a sister, a mother … and a father, too.

About the author

Dita Táborská (b. 1981) graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. She has worked with Czech Television and Czech Radio and in the political and press department of the Israeli embassy; she joined the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2009. Since summer 2018, Táborská has been living and working in Taiwan with her family.

Language: Czech
Place: Brno, Czech Republic
Publisher: Host
Year: 2018
Pages: 360
Genre: Literary fiction