Patrik Ouředník

The Opportune Moment, 1855

Trans. Alex Zucker
The Opportune Moment, 1855
Dalkey Archive Press, 2011, 120 pp
Language: English
Genre: Prose
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The nineteenth-century founding of “free settlements” in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular Czech author Patrik Ouředník. Simultaneously satiric and philosophical, The Opportune Moment, 1855, opens with an Italian anarchist’s missive to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe’s latest and greatest advancements, from the Enlightenment to social reform to communist revolution. We then leap back in time half a century to the alternately somber and hilarious shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil with a motley, multinational band of idealists, to build a new society. A pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice, The Opportune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature’s great provocateurs.

Information about the original Czech edition

Příhodná chvíle, 1855

Other selected published translations (6)

Instant propice, 1855 French

Instante propicio, 1855 Spanish

Dogodna chwila, 1855 Polish

Die Gunst der Stunde, 1855 German

Istante propizio, 1855 Italian

Het geschikte moment 1855 Dutch

Language: English
Place: Champaign, IL, USA
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Year: 2011
Pages: 120
Genre: Prose
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