Vratislav Maňák

Rubik’s Cube

Trans. Lena Dorn
Heute scheint es, als wäre nichts geschehen
Heute scheint es, als wäre nichts geschehen
Karl Rauch Verlag, 2019, 432 pp
Language: German
Genre: Historical fiction, Literary fiction
ISBN: 1.3978379200258E+14
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
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When a young teacher returns to his home town to celebrate his grandfather’s eightieth birthday, he is confronted by secrets, concealed grievances and long-held memories.

The young teacher, Ondřej Šmíd, gets to hear all kinds of remarkable things. He learns how the history of earwigs began and what happens if you break a pottery elephant. Having begun to ask questions of himself and others, he puts together fragments of memory as one composes the coloured sides of a Rubik’s cube. In this brainteaser, however, his family’s history is enmeshed with the story of his native city.

Rubik’s Cube takes the reader to 2011 and also to the end of the war, to the woodlands of western Bohemia, the Zemplínská Šírava reservoir in eastern Slovakia and, above all, to the streets of Plzeň (Pilsen) — the “most American city in Europe”, which made a stand against the authorities following the currency reform of the early 1950s.

Information about the original Czech edition

Rubikova kostka

Language: German
Title: Heute scheint es, als wäre nichts geschehen
Place: Düsseldorf
Publisher: Karl Rauch Verlag
Year: 2019
Pages: 432
Genre: Historical fiction, Literary fiction