In her novel, Jakuba Katalpa explores the world of a German family stricken by the afflictions of the two World Wars, the worlds of Sudeten during the war and post-bellum Prague. The heroine’s promising life, carefree and straightforward at first, begins to crack over time, pink glasses give way to disillusion and the reader is faced with a question – is it really possible, after so many years, to find the truth? The author’s chiselled language sharply contrasts with the rawness of her depictions of the individual characters’ life milestones, enabling her to explore thoroughly the themes of loss and rootlessness which dominate the entire novel.
The original Czech edition won the “Česká kniha” Award 2013 and Josef Škvorecký Award 2013.
More information in German here.