Radka Denemarková

A Contribution to the History of Joy

Trans. Montserrat Tutusaus Romeu
Contribución a la historia de la alegría
Contribución a la historia de la alegría
Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020, 320 pp
Language: Spanish
Genre: Crime/Detective, Literary fiction, Prose
ISBN: 9788417971472
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A detective story, essay and mockingly comic accusation of the male obsession with the female body by one of the most celebrated contemporary Czech authors.

The body of a wealthy middle-aged businessman is found in his luxury villa in Prague. Initially nothing suggests foul play but the police have their doubts about the cause of this strange death. In the course of his tireless investigation, a perceptive policeman is led to a mysterious house near Prague’s Petřín hill inhabited by three extraordinary elderly women: a yoga instructor, a filmmaker and a teacher of creative writing. While the old ladies are away, the policeman sneaks into their house and in the basement discovers a vast archive of documents dating back to World War II. What connects the murder case with the three women and their treasure trove documenting thousands of cases of rape and abuse?

The main characters of this novel are three, or perhaps four, women – educated, bold and devoted to a higher justice by which the original duality of victim and perpetrator is lost.

Information about the original Czech edition

Příspěvek k dějinám radosti

Other selected published translations (3)

Przyczynek do historii radości Polish

Contributo alla storia della gioia Italian

Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Freude German

Language: Spanish
Title: Contribución a la historia de la alegría
Publisher: Galaxia Gutenberg
Year: 2020
Pages: 320
Genre: Crime/Detective, Literary fiction, Prose
Foreign rights
Fritz Agency
Grants