Kateřina Tučková


Trans. Véronique Firkusny
Amazon Crossing, 2021, 441 pp
Language: English
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781542043151
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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E: blatna@dbagency.cz
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The award-winning novel by Czech author Kateřina Tučková—her first to be translated into English—about the fate of one woman and the pursuit of forgiveness in a divided postwar world.

1945. Allied forces liberate Nazi-occupied Brno, Moravia. For Gerta Schnirch, daughter of a Czech mother and a German father aligned with Hitler, it’s not deliverance; it’s a sentence. She has been branded an enemy of the state. Caught in the changing tides of a war that shattered her family—and her innocence—Gerta must obey the official order: she, along with all ethnic Germans, is to be expelled from Czechoslovakia. With nothing but the clothes on her back and an infant daughter, she’s herded among thousands, driven from the only home she’s ever known. But the injustice only makes Gerta stronger, more empowered, and more resolved to seek justice. Her journey is a relentless quest for a seemingly impossible forgiveness. And one day, she will return.

Spanning decades and generations, Kateřina Tučková’s breathtaking novel illuminates a long-neglected episode in Czech history. One of exclusion and prejudice, of collective shame versus personal guilt, all through the eyes of a charismatic woman whose courage will affect all the lives she’s touched. Especially that of the daughter she loved, fought for, shielded, and would come to inspire.

Information about the original Czech edition

Vyhnání Gerty Schnirch

Other selected published translations (4)

L´espulsione di Gerta Schnirch Italian

Gerta Schnirch meghurcoltatása Hungarian

Gerta. Das deutsche Mädchen German

Wypędzenie Gerty Schnirch Polish

Language: English
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Year: 2021
Pages: 441
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency