Martin Vopěnka

The Fifth Dimension

Pátý rozměr
Language: Czech
Title: Pátý rozměr
Place: Zlín
Publisher: Kniha Zlín
Year: 2009
Pages: 290
Genre: Prose
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Description from the English edition:

A contemporary classic from the Czech Republic. To support his family, a man submits himself to a solo science experiment in the High Andes. A cosmic adventure story of big ideas and murder. Your business is dead. It seems like a deal: leave your family behind in Prague for a year, isolate yourself in a research station in the Andes, and come home with a fortune. With a treatise on black holes for company, Jakob settles in at altitude. The air is thin. Strangers pass by on dangerous pilgrimage while his young wife and kids take life in his mind. In mountain starkness, the big questions take shape: like what happens to love inside a black hole?

Praise

The Fifth Dimension is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.”

James Lovegrove, The Financial Times

“[Vopěnka’s] depiction of Jakub’s increasingly tendentious relationship with reality manages to be both mundane and terrifying, and absurd without being farcical. (…) It is a testament to Vopěnka’s sympathetic writing, however, that when reality does reassert itself, it is bittersweet and haunting.”

Christopher Hyland, The Times Literary Supplement

“Never less than throroughly compelling […] This alliance between dry style and colourful subject creates a glorious uncertainty which propels the reader through a narrative”

Dan Hartland, Vector (The British Science Fiction Association)

Selected published translations (1)

The Fifth Dimension English

Language: Czech
Title: Pátý rozměr
Place: Zlín
Publisher: Kniha Zlín
Year: 2009
Pages: 290
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Prague Literary Agency