Jan Balabán

Where was The Angel Going

Trans. Olga Czernikow
Którędy szedł anioł
Którędy szedł anioł
Wydawnictwo Afera, 2015, 240 pp
Language: Polish
Genre: Prose
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‘Somewhere in the cosmos there are happier places, ‘ muses Martin Vrána, the hero of Jan Balabán’s novel Where was the Angel Going?. ‘People are transported to the planet Earth for punishment. Part of the punishment is their ignorance of the fact. We’ve forgotten that we’ve forgotten.’ Yet, as this very reflection implies, in Martin’s case, part of his ‘punishment’ is his ever-present memory of an Eden from which he had been expelled. The prototypical outsider, a member of a minority community within a minority community (a Protestant in the overwhelmingly agnostic Czech Republic), Martin, like the survivor of a shipwreck, strives to shore up his vital resources amidst the billows of an inimical world, which constantly advance and threaten to wash away everything he holds dear.

Language: Polish
Title: Którędy szedł anioł
Place: Vratislav
Publisher: Wydawnictwo Afera
Year: 2015
Pages: 240
Genre: Prose
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