Kateřina Tučková

The Žítková Goddesses

Trans. Borbála Stanek-Csoma
Üldözött istennők
Üldözött istennők
Kalligram, 2016, 400 pp
Language: Hungarian
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788081019364
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A multi-award-winning and bestselling tale of the female soul, magic and a part of Czech history kept hidden.

A group of mysterious woman have lived high up in the White Carpathian Mountains. They are far away from everything, which is why it is said that certain women among them have succeeded in preserving knowledge and intuition the rest of us have lost.

They have passed this knowledge down from generation to generation for centuries. They are known as goddesses, because they are able to connect with God and ask for His help. And His interventions do help a little … It is said of the goddesses that they see the future. So why haven’t they saved their own?

Dora Idesová is the last of the goddesses. She is reluctant to accept an outdated way of life and to read the futures of those who come to her in drips of wax, as her Aunt Surmena did. But everything changes once she understands that her personal circumstances that she has always considered unhappy – being sent to a boarding school and hospitalization in an asylum in Kroměříž – is part of a carefully thought-out plan. It is the late 1990s, and in the archives of the Ministry of the Interior in Pardubice there is a file awaiting discovery – a file compiled by the State Security police on an enemy of the state, her Aunt Surmena. A disbelieving Dora untangles details of the previously unknown fates of her family and other goddesses …

Were the goddesses a danger to incredulous patients? Were they a genuine ideological threat to society in the years of Normalization? Or was the eradication of the last relics of paganism the work of common human envy and spite?

Information on the Hungarian edition can be found here.

Information about the original Czech edition

Žítkovské bohyně

Other selected published translations (4)

Boginie z Žítkovej Polish

Das Vermächtnis der Göttinnen German

Богините от Житкова Bulgarian

L'eredità delle dee. Una misteriosa storia dai Carpazi Bianchi Italian

Language: Hungarian
Title: Üldözött istennők
Place: Bratislava, Slovakia
Publisher: Kalligram
Year: 2016
Pages: 400
Genre: Literary fiction
Foreign rights
Dana Blatná Literary Agency