These short stories by the renowned poet offer polished texts which surprise us with their paradoxes and stylistic experiments.
Sylva Fischerová’s new stories are relatively short but have clearly been pared to the bone, to a pure crystalline form which is sustained by atmosphere and style and yet raises profound questions and highlights original and unclichéd paradoxes. They are built up vividly, laconically, playfully, but also with sophistication: we have the interweaving of high and low culture, the past with the present, dialogue with narration, literature with life. The result is a remarkable collection of short stories which is neither developing nor recycling previous ideas, instead it offers the best prose that Sylva Fischerová has written and ranks amongst the top contemporary Czech prose.
“The short story is a genre which Fischerová feels very much at home in. She is in her element within these ten pages. Here she is at her most convincing – and not only in the context of her own work, but in Czech short-story telling in general since 1989. Thousands of Plateaus has a very good chance of being successful in translation, and not only because of the reference in the title.”
“ [Fischerová] has published ten collections of poetry and therefore knows how to quickly dive into the depths of languages and slang, which she employs brilliantly and plays with very contentedly.”