Michal Viewegh

Bliss was it in Bohemia

Trans. David Short
Bliss was it in Bohemia
Jantar Publishing, 2015, 312 pp
Language: English
Genre: Prose
W: http://www.viewegh.cz

A wildly comic story about the fate of a Czech family from the 1960s onwards. At turns humorous, ironic and sentimental, an engaging portrait of their attempts to flee from history (meaning the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia) – or at least to ignore it as long as possible…

The author depicts his parents’ life stories and also his own adolescence with humorous hyperbole. The account focuses on the difficulties of the father, an idiosyncratic workaholic whose efforts to protect his family regularly involve losing his dignity. At the same time, the extraordinarily gifted Kvido narrates his own teenage troubles, as an aspiring writer, in a world that is not of his own choosing.

Light-hearted and sophisticated at once, this is a book that reminds us that comedy can tackle large historical subjects successfully.

More information on the publisher’s website.

Information about the original Czech edition

Báječná léta pod psa

Other selected published translations (4)

Blendende Jahre für Hunde German

Quei favolosi anni da cane Italian

Лучшие годы - псу под хвост. Летописцы отцовской любви Russian

Cudowne lata pod psem Polish

Language: English
Place: London, UK
Publisher: Jantar Publishing
Year: 2015
Pages: 312
Genre: Prose