Jiří Kratochvil

Stories of the Town of Brno

Trans. Hank Geerts
Dame de coeur
Dame de coeur
Voetnoot, 2009
Language: Dutch
Genre: Prose
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Jirí Kratochvil´s Brno – fateful “genius loci”. Stories of the Town of Brno is without doubt one of Jirí Kratochvil’s creative peaks. We are immediately enthralled by the author´s obsession with a story and its telling. And his stories are not just any old stories: in the unbelievable grotesque somersaults of time and space their characters and their fates are interlaced (at times in a downright comic, at others in a rough burlesque way, sometimes even in a manner metaphysically dark and mysterious). The author is a Creator with a capital “C”, forming his own worlds out of “substance our world is made of” in such a self-confident way and with remarkable inventiveness and virtuosity. Yet he retains a humble knowledge of our limitations; in the words of one of his heroes: “I know just one single thing for sure: we live in a world in which we are often but inadvertent intermediators, intermediaries, just couriers of news illegible and incomprehensible to us, just links in a chain we know nothing about.” It is no exaggeration to say that with Stories of the Town of Brno Jirí Kratochvil has declared himself the Jorge Luis Borges of the Czech literature.

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Language: Dutch
Title: Dame de coeur
Place: Amsterodam, Netherlands/Antwerpen, Belgium
Publisher: Voetnoot
Year: 2009
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
Grants