Jana Šrámková

Peardóttir

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Hruškadóttir
Labyrint, 2009, 111 pp
Awards:
 2009 Jiří Orten Award
Prose

The novella Peardóttir was warmly received by both readers and critics alike. “The idea behind it came from the Book of Job in the Old Testament. I was thinking that all of the catastrophes which afflicted Job also affected the people around him. They invest time and interest in his suffering and they experience it with him. And at the end, all of them are condemned for not helping him in an ideal enough way,” said the author about the basis for her first novel. The narrator is Veronika, a student of Scandinavian studies, who is “adopted” by her friend Madla’s ideal family. The father, Šimon, is suffering and trying to cope with a cruel loss in life, and Veronika is his guide. As a generation younger she comes in between Šimon and his wife, she herself feels the absence of her own father who before disappearing from her life planted a pear tree, she is the daughter of Pear, hence Peardóttir. The panel for the Jiří Orten Award, which awarded the young author the 2009 prize for Peardóttir, justified their decision as follows: “It is a stylistically pure, thematically original non-literal narrative.” The book’s strength is in the strength of its composition and in the signs which describe the characters’ fates.

Hruškadóttir
Labyrint, 2009, 111 pp
Awards:
 2009 Jiří Orten Award