Petra Soukupová

Under the Snow

Trans. Julia Różewicz
Pod śniegiem
Pod śniegiem
Afera, 2016, 416 pp
Language: Polish
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788394169541
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
W: http://www.dbagency.cz
E: blatna@dbagency.cz
Contacts
W: http://www.petra-soukupova.cz/
E: piha@seznam.cz
Grants
Goodreads rating
78.8% (Rated by 754 users)

Caustic, ironic and highly readable prose about those universal themes — family and relationships. Soukupová is succinct and considers her words carefully. Her latest novel begins with a seemingly ordinary situation: one winter day three sisters get into a car and head for their parents’ place, where they will celebrate their father’s birthday. Daughters, a baby, a dog, an iPad and a hangover. Only a few miles into the drive the atmosphere grows tense and at this stage the sisters are unaware that more unpleasantness awaits them at their parents’ home… Petra Soukupová is one of the most successful young Czech authors, consistently popular with readers and critics alike. Her previous books have been published in Italian, Polish, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian and Bosnian.

More information in Polish on the publisher’s website.

Praise

“By combining spoken words and thoughts and by switching characters — each of the sisters is a narrator — the author turns an ordinary story into a thrilling read. Every conflict — arguments about who sits where, a stop at a petrol station, changing a tyre — is seen from multiple perspectives.”

Magdalena Čechlovská, Hospodářské noviny

Information about the original Czech edition

Pod sněhem

Language: Polish
Title: Pod śniegiem
Place: Wrocław, Poland
Publisher: Afera
Year: 2016
Pages: 416
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency
Grants