Josef Pánek

Love in the Time of Global Climate Change

Trans. Doris Kouba
Die Liebe in Zeiten des Klimawandels
Die Liebe in Zeiten des Klimawandels
Klak - Verlag, 2020, 174 pp
Language: German
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9783948156206
Foreign rights
Argo publishers

We are all a little racist in this global village called the Earth.

Love in the Time of Global Climate Change is set in Bangalore in India, where the main character, Tomáš, arrives for an international science conference. There he not only has to contend with culture shock, the xenophobic attitudes of his international colleagues and feelings of rootlessness, but also his own helplessness and bittersweet memories. He searches for the roots of stereotypes in his own thinking, but due to the consistent use of the second-person plural, it is ultimately the reader he is addressing. The narrator juxtaposes the reality of India with Tomáš’s experiences from the sharply contrasting country of Iceland, where a first-person narrative appears. These are the sections about Tomáš’s love story with an emancipated Indian woman. The protagonist is preoccupied with the problems of the contemporary world: the lack of academic rigour, the nation’s past, xenophobia, racism, migration, cultural stereotypes and the differences between East and West. At the same time, he is a modern-day outcast, a person without a home or anchor.

Pánek’s distinctive style, giving the impression of a hurried and spoken form of language, flows naturally, maintaining the tension and heightening the absurdity of a chaotic world. The readability and believability are bolstered by the author’s experiences as an émigré, thanks to which the novel reads almost like a travelogue.

Information about the original Czech edition

Láska v době globálních klimatických změn

Other selected published translations (1)

L'amour au temps du changement climatique French

Language: German
Title: Die Liebe in Zeiten des Klimawandels
Place: Berlin
Publisher: Klak - Verlag
Year: 2020
Pages: 174
Genre: Literary fiction