Ivan Matoušek


Trans. Erika Abrams
Éditions Noir sur Blanc, 2013, 176 pp
Language: French
Genre: Prose

The eminent Czech writer Ivan Matoušek (Revolver Revue Award winner) returns with a new work eight years after his legendary novel Spas (Redemption). In his new book Oslava (Celebration), he sees the main character – a dying man – from three perspectives: through the main character’s succint diary notes, his son’s sympathetic observations and the narrator’s symbolic commentary.

Eschewing cynicism and employing his ironic observations and sophisticated multifarious style, Matoušek adds singular value to the contexts of contempoary literature, which often deals with the issue of death superficially. Linocuts and graphic design courtesy of Viktor Karlík.

The original Czech edition received a Magnesia Litera Award (2010) for prose.

Information in French here.

Information about the original Czech edition


Language: French
Title: Célébration
Place: Paris, France
Publisher: Éditions Noir sur Blanc
Year: 2013
Pages: 176
Genre: Prose