Matěj Hořava

Distilled Spirit. Stories from the Banat

Trans. Matija Ivačić
Rakija: Proze iz Banata
Rakija: Proze iz Banata
Artikulacije, 2019
Language: Croatian
Genre: Literary fiction, Short stories
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency

A young Czech teacher comes to teach local children to read and write. They teach him how to light a corn stove. Stray dogs, trampled, mulberries, goldenrod in bloom, the distant roar of the Danube. And gradually the memories come, as though things were happening all over again: years spent in a grammar school’s gym, treading the boards, studying in Germany, the solitude of different shores and journeys. People’s faces, fleeting moments of closeness.

Matěj Hořava has come up with a meditative work that is deeply autobiographical and stylistically distinctive. Its short, dense, linguistically colourful chapters are built around important events and seemingly fleeting feelings that for some reason are remembered for a lifetime: light at a certain angle of refraction, the sight of woman who will or will not be his, a howling wolf on a hillside. A special time of youth and a peculiar existence unfold before the reader’s eyes.

Information about the original Czech edition

Pálenka. Prózy z Banátu

Other selected published translations (3)

Ракия Bulgarian

Palinka. Prozy z Banatu Polish

Pálinka Hungarian

Language: Croatian
Title: Rakija: Proze iz Banata
Place: Koprivnica
Publisher: Artikulacije
Year: 2019
Genre: Literary fiction, Short stories