Jiří Hájíček

The Rainstick

Trans. Kristina Kallert
Der Regenstab
Der Regenstab
Karl Rauch Verlag, 2019, 272 pp
Language: German
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 3978379200258
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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E: blatna@dbagency.cz
Contacts
W: http://www.hajicek.info/
E: jiri@hajicek.info

In The Rainstick, following the successful novels Rustic Baroque and Fish Blood, Jiří Hájíček completes his “rural trilogy of moral disquiet”.

Jiří Hájíček follows his literary investigation of the Czech village of the past with a novel set in the present. Zbyněk, a land administrator, meets a former love he hasn’t seen for many years, in order to help her with an apparently simple property-related problem. Having returned to the country village in which he was born and grew up, Zbyněk is gradually apprised of the unclear circumstances of a land dispute; at the same time he becomes embroiled in personal and marital crisis. He struggles with insomnia, loses his way in the countryside and cadastral maps, while a crazy 18th-century rustic aviator hovers above him like an apparition. A turning point is reached when Zbyněk goes into battle with his face covered in war paint so as “not to wake up as someone else one day”.

Information about the original Czech edition

Dešťová hůl

Language: German
Title: Der Regenstab
Place: Düsseldorf
Publisher: Karl Rauch Verlag
Year: 2019
Pages: 272
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency