Ondřej Hübl

Toss the Dead Swan

Hod mrtvou labutí
Hod mrtvou labutí
Druhé město, 2018, 272 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788072274093
Foreign rights
Druhé město publishers
E: dopisy@druhemesto.cz
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A collection of politically incorrect stories by a screenwriter and advertising copywriter.


Ondřej Hübl has written a work of fiction, but one about real-life figures from the Czech theatre scene and ordinary Prague hipsters pursuing the attractions of a truly cool lifestyle. A well-known opera singer and director gets unhappily entangled in international business and politics because he “butchers” Wagner. The life of an African boy adopted at a distance by a childless couple is put at risk, and Brussels is to blame for it all. The famed Dejvice Theatre has not received funding, so the ensemble and its director Miroslav Krobot begin selling pots and pans on the sly. The disconcerting dual nature of the characters, black humour, and the reader’s sense that all this could very well happen, make this debut work a promise of things to come. Hübl is a great observer with an ear for the dialogue of members of different social classes – above all, however, he is unafraid and has an excellent sense of humour.



“The author has brought the best of the advertising business to his literature: a rich vocabulary, a lively and flexible style, bold fantasies and somewhat bizarre subject matter.”

—MF Dnes

Toss the Dead Swan is exactly what a literary debut should be. Bold, charged with energy, occasionally a little shaky, but refreshingly honest.”



About the author

Ondřej Hübl (1976) is a copywriter, prose writer, scriptwriter and creative director. He is the author and co-author of many successful advertising campaigns for major brands. Based on the short story “Divotvorné hrnce” (Miracle-working Pots), which is part of his debut short-story collection Hod mrtvou labutí, he also wrote the television series Zkáza Dejvického divadla (The Downfall of the Dejvice Theatre) along with the director Miroslav Krobot.

Language: Czech
Title: Hod mrtvou labutí
Place: Brno
Publisher: Druhé město
Year: 2018
Pages: 272
Genre: Literary fiction