Jan Němec

A History of Light

Trans. Martin Mutschler
Die Geschichte des Lichts
Die Geschichte des Lichts
Osburg Verlag, 2019, 400 pp
Language: German
Genre: Prose
ISBN: 9783955101787
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A novel about the photographer František Drtikol.

Have you ever wondered what a story written by a beam of light would be like? First, the story would be ordinary but the course of events extraordinary; second, its hero would be a photographer, a guardian of light; third, naturally it would be full of shadow. So who was František Drtikol? A dandy from a small mining town, a world-famous photographer whose business went bankrupt, a master of the nude who never had much luck with women, a mystic and a Buddhist who believed in communism; a man whose many contradictions showed outwardly and were synthesized inwardly. The conception of Jan Němec’s extensive novel is very unusual for contemporary Czech prose – fresco-like, it is an artistic and spiritual Bildungsroman that covers over half a century, bringing to life the silver mines of Příbram, Jugendstil Munich and First Republic Bohemianism, with naked models wandering along the lines and light merging unobserved with knowledge…

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Other selected published translations (5)

История на светлината Bulgarian

Historia światła Polish

A fény története Hungarian

Storia della luce Italian

Una historia de la luz Spanish

Language: German
Title: Die Geschichte des Lichts
Place: Berlin
Publisher: Osburg Verlag
Year: 2019
Pages: 400
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency