Zuzana Brabcová

Year of Pearls

Rok perel
Rok perel
Garamond, 2000, 247 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Prose
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When in 2000 Rok perel (The Year of Pearls) was first published, it immediately became a sensation. A novelistic lesbian coming-out attracted the interest of media and readers who would otherwise remain completely ignorant of the author. A lesbian relationship endows the novel with an ingredient of arousal hitherto unknown in the Czech literary canon, at least not this explicitly. When Lucie meets the provocative Magda, her life collapses to an extent she hasn’t even begun to imagine, and which parallels those in the famous cases of Mann’s Professor Unrat or Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert. Her coming out brings her no relief — euphoric moments are quickly followed by hangover, the change in sexual orientation becoming not only a given, but also a burden in the relationships with many other people with whom Lucie’s life has been connected. Brabcová constructs her story almost like a thriller with a secret: gradually taking shape and gaining tempo, escalating into a dramatic finale…

Praise

“The Year of the Pearls marks a very promising entry of Czech prose into the 21st century.”

— Pavel Mandys

Selected published translations (1)

L’anno delle perle Italian

Language: Czech
Title: Rok perel
Place: Praha
Publisher: Garamond
Year: 2000
Pages: 247
Genre: Prose
Foreign rights
Pluh