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Noční práce
Noční práce
Torst a Hynek, 2001
Language: Czech
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One night in 1968, on the eve of the Soviet invasion, 13 year-old Ondra and his younger brother Kamil are bundled into a coach bound for their father’s birthplace, a mountainous, forested village in northern Bohemia. But when they arrive it becomes clear that this escape promises its own perils, and the boys find themselves stranded in a rural community riven with petty suspicion and stained by prejudice, a borderland over which fleeing peoples, victims of genocide, and trigger-happy armies regularly tramp. Growing up in this dark, chaotic landscape, the two boys struggle to make a home for themselves, until a series of unexplained deaths push them to make bold decisions to ensure their survival.

(Description from the English edition)


“A delightfully haunting work”

“[Nightwork] revels in the strangeness of life and language. The book’s poetry and ghostly voices bring to mind Under Milk Wood.”

— Jethro Soutar, The Independent

Selected published translations (9)

Missions nocturnes French

Nachtarbeit German

Nachtwerk Dutch

Nocna praca Polish

Lavoro notturno Italian

Misiones nocturnas Spanish

Nattarbeid Norwegian

Nattarbete Swedish

Nightwork English

Language: Czech
Title: Noční práce
Publisher: Torst a Hynek
Year: 2001
Foreign rights