Emil Hakl

Uma’s Version

Umina verze
Umina verze
Argo, 2016, 248 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Literary fiction, Science fiction
ISBN: 9788025719824
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Emil Hakl’s novel addresses a hot topic in science and technology — the creation of an artificial human. In Uma’s Version, humanity’s Frankenstein-like desire to create a humanoid robot is fulfilled in genuinely amateur conditions. However, this does not prevent the two main characters from experiencing an intense relationship based on mutual affection, which eventually turns into an addiction, conspiratorial friendship and sex. This is a novel about love with a plot which incorporates detective novel elements and is written in the authors typically efficient and fast-paced style.


“Hakl chose a brilliant topic for this book. Questions about how we will coexist with robots, humanoids and other technological creations are appealing for everyone.”

— Monika Zavřelová, MF Dnes

“[Hakl] has given the novel an appealing story, a clear structure, functional relationships between the central characters and one dog, he switches naturally from writing in the first-person to the second-person and back again.”

— Ivan Hartman, Hospodářské noviny

“The beginning of [Uma’s Version] has atmosphere and a fast pace. […] It will be easy for readers to quickly get through Uma’s Version, it won’t be a problem to read the book in two evenings, maybe even just one.”

— Jarda Konáš, Aktuálně.cz

Selected published translations (1)

Kiras Version German

Language: Czech
Title: Umina verze
Place: Praha
Publisher: Argo
Year: 2016
Pages: 248
Genre: Literary fiction, Science fiction
Foreign rights
Argo publishers