Jáchym Topol

A Sensitive Person

Trans. Mirna Stehlíková Đurasek
Osjetljiv čovjek
Osjetljiv čovjek
V.B.Z, 2021, 392 pp
Language: Croatian
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9789535204381
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Topol’s highly awaited new novel captures the Zeitgeist, reflecting on love and death, religion, family, friendship, survival, modern politics, the Russian threat, Europe and populism.

Moor, a middle-aged actor, travels around Europe with his wife Olga and their two kids. They attend theatre festivals, where they perform their plays. Being confronted with a growing resentment towards foreigners, Moor decides, after decades spent abroad, to return home to the Czech Republic and settle down. After being caught by accident in the midst of the Ukrainian-Russian war they finally reach their home region on the banks of the Sázava river, south-east of Prague.

Back home, Moor is accused of murdering his father-in-law. He escapes the law and together with his two sons embarks upon a kind of road trip through the region. They go on foot, by car and by boat and encounter a series of local people, stories and events. We meet clans, hookers, loan sharks, gypsies, hoodlums, drunks, telltales. All leading up to a grand finale including a wedding, a brothel, the police and a Russian tank.

A Sensitive Person has its own specific dynamic and rhythm. Full speed grotesque episodes alternate with witty and vivid dialogues; poetic descriptions contrast with the vulgar, explicit speech of the protagonists. It is a story about ordinary people who are not inhibited by any political correctness and who try to find their way in a community, in a world that is changing. The novel reflects the European society of today, and the characters in Topol’s novel are rough people, brutal, but with a heart. They are all sensitive.

Information about the original Czech edition

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Other selected published translations (6)

Ein empfindsamer Mensch German

Wrażliwy człowiek Polish

Una persona sensibile Italian

Een gevoelig iemand Dutch

Une personne sensible French

Jautrus žmogus Lithuanian

Language: Croatian
Title: Osjetljiv čovjek
Publisher: V.B.Z
Year: 2021
Pages: 392
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights