Karel Poláček

We Were a Handful

Trans. Martin Daneš
Nous étions cinq
Nous étions cinq
La différence, 2017, 296 pp
Language: French
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult
ISBN: 9782729123161

A favorite work of Czech humor, We Were a Handful depicts the adventures of five boys from a small Czech town through the diary of Petr Bajza, the grocer’s son. Written by Karel Poláček at the height of World War II before his deportation to Auschwitz in 1944, this book draws on the happier years of Poláček’s own childhood as inspiration. As we look upon the world through Petr’s eyes, we, too, marvel at the incomprehensible world of grownups; join in fights between gangs of neighborhood kids; and laugh at the charming language of boys, a major source of the book’s humor.

Language: French
Title: Nous étions cinq
Place: Paris, France
Publisher: La différence
Year: 2017
Pages: 296
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult