Jáchym Topol

The Devil's Workshop

Trans. Kepa-Lluís Uharte-Mendikoa
Por el país del frío
Language: Spanish
Title: Por el país del frío
Place: Madrid, Spain
Publisher: Lengua de Trapo
Year: 2013
Pages: 290
Genre: Prose
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As in Topol’s previous work, here the quest for traces of history again becomes enmeshed in a surreal carnivalesque plot. The laconically narrated story is an archeology of horror, with layer upon layer revealing the territory of the recent European past. As the last members of the generation to have lived through it all die out, Topol shows how their descendents struggle to preserve the stories about the violence, which they understand to be the last anchor of authenticity – and they flounder in the machinery of commerce, musealization and politics. Topol succeeds admirably in not simplifying and not throwing all values onto a postmodern scrap heap of history. On his journey to the mass graves of East Europe, ethically ambiguous questions are raised and the seemingly stable basis of our historical self-perception is shaken almost unintentionally with gentle irony. Published in Czech by Torst in 2009. Jáchym Topol received the Jaroslav Seifert award for this novel in 2010. Published by Torst in Czech 2009. Spanish review.

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Other selected published translations (8)

Kallt land Swedish

De werkplaats van de duivel Dutch

Gjennom et kaldt land Norwegian

Die Teufelswerkstatt German

L’Atelier du Diable French

L'officina del diavolo Italian

The Devil's Workshop English

Warsztat diabła Polish

Language: Spanish
Title: Por el país del frío
Place: Madrid, Spain
Publisher: Lengua de Trapo
Year: 2013
Pages: 290
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Pluh
Grants