Marek Toman

The Shocking Story of the Terrible Murder of Šimon Abeles

Trans. Raija Hauck
Die große Neuigkeit vom schrecklichen Mord an Šimon Abeles
Die große Neuigkeit vom schrecklichen Mord an Šimon Abeles
Wieser Verlag, 2019, 390 pp
Language: German
Genre: Crime/Detective, Historical fiction, Literary fiction, Prose
ISBN: 9783990293249
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency
W: http://www.praglit.de/
E: maria@sileny.de
Contacts
E: marek_toman@mzv.cz
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Two interrelated stories, the first based on a true event. The year is 1694: Šimon Abeles reportedly wants to convert to Christianity. Not long after that, he tragically dies; his father Lazar is accused of his murder. Šimon, thanks to the trial, becomes a martyr. The present day: an anthropologist, Ladislav Albrecht, responsible for the research of Abeles’s grave, is looking for his lost son, Šimon, who has become addicted to a computer game built on Christian-Jewish hostility. A difference of several centuries but the same distorted rights, abuse and manipulation of public opinion, as well as concealed and open intolerance. An important part of this historical detective novel is Prague, with its mysterious atmosphere. Marek Toman (1967) is a poet and writer of fiction, translator, journalist and editor; he is a diplomat by profession.

Books from the Tschechishe Auslese edition are published in cooperation with the Czech publishing house Větrné mlýny.

Information about the original Czech edition

Veliká novina o hrozném mordu Šimona Abelese

Other selected published translations (1)

Straszna nowina o okrutnym mordzie Szymona Abelesa Polish

Language: German
Title: Die große Neuigkeit vom schrecklichen Mord an Šimon Abeles
Place: Klagenfurt
Publisher: Wieser Verlag
Year: 2019
Pages: 390
Genre: Crime/Detective, Historical fiction, Literary fiction, Prose
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency
Grants