Vladimíra Valová

To the Interior

Trans. Christina Frankenberg
Ins Landesinnere
Ins Landesinnere
Wieser Verlag, 2019, 66 pp
Language: German
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788074432941

A collection of sharp-edged short stories.

The world of these stories is not a cheerful one, but nor is it hopeless. One of thousands of moments when we step off the conveyor belt of life: switch off our phone (everyone can get stuffed), fail to turn up for work for no good reason, get drunk with a stranger for the hell of it, offer shelter to a down-and-out, kick red poppies to kingdom come. At these times, life opens wide to reveal a path, an abyss or a path to the bottom of an abyss. The characters in To the Interiorknow that only they can determine how much life they grab for themselves. Their closest associate is solitude, though they know that its accompanying silence can be lethal. They must cry out in the hope that the answer they get will be more than a mere echo. Vladimíra Valová’s debut is one of the most remarkable short story collections of recent years and was nominated for the prestigious Magnesia Litera Discovery of the Year award and the Czech Book Award.

Books from the Tschechishe Auslese edition are published in cooperation with the Czech publishing house Větrné mlýny.

Information about the original Czech edition

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Language: German
Title: Ins Landesinnere
Place: Klagenfurt
Publisher: Wieser Verlag
Year: 2019
Pages: 66
Genre: Literary fiction