Martin Vopěnka

My Brother the Messiah

Trans. Anna Bryson Gustova
My Brother the Messiah
Barbican Press, 2021, 257 pp
Language: English
Genre: Literary fiction, Science fiction
ISBN: 9781909954472
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency
W: http://www.praglit.de/
E: maria@sileny.de
Contacts
W: http://www.martinvopenka.cz
E: vopenka@prah.cz
Grants
Goodreads rating
73.4%

It’s 2096. Scientists work to protect a baking planet. What a drought-stricken Europe needs is rain. What it gets is a messiah.

Eli is born in a suburb of Prague. A rainstorm heralds the birth. Perhaps this messiah is for real. Eli’s father abandons the family to become the dictator’s right-hand man. Eli’s elder brother Marek guides Eli through his short and powerful life.

Can tales of a messiah be enough to heal a ravaged planet in which few babies are born? If so, Marek works with the zeal of a prophet. Aged 72, he’s still going strong. A new follower joins Marek’s community, young Natalia. She awakens the old man to the joys of the body. But what’s the worth of a human love when the environment is collapsing? Marek sets out to find his answer.

My Brother the Messiah is a story about daring to seed the future of our planet.

 

Praise:

“[Vopěnka’s book] weaves a gloomy, gripping, spiritual spell”

The Times

“Czech author Martin Vopenka tackles complex contemporary issues in his writing. My Brother the Messiah is no exception—a quietly profound story that moves slowly at a deliberate pace and stays compelling. It presents a subtle and provocative meditation on the nature of faith and hope in the face of despair and chaos.”

Aurealis

“Vopěnka creates a thought-provoking narrative exploring religion, politics and democracy. The author’s distinctive voice and vision are well worth exploring.”

Lady

 

 

Information about the original Czech edition

Můj bratr mesiáš

Language: English
Publisher: Barbican Press
Year: 2021
Pages: 257
Genre: Literary fiction, Science fiction
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency
Grants