Pavel Novotný

Notes from the studio

Zápisky z garsonky
Zápisky z garsonky
Trigon, 2020, 96 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9788087908426
Awards
 2021 Magnesia Litera – Poetry
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82.4%

The poetic cycle Notes from the Studio is openly autobiographical – the studio, which is inhabited by a little boy together with his disabled mother, is full of books, records and the mother’s free-spirited friends. The opposite of the safe but fragile world of a block of flats on a Liberec hill is a powerful, cold order in the house of the grandparents under the hill. The child’s unambiguous and unproblematic universe shrinks over time; then comes the inevitable struggle for identity and living space – first in hints, later with all urgency. The search for a balance between freedom and discipline, between “above” and “below”, between passion and foresight and, last but not least, between tragedy and grotesque, can be seen both in individual small stories and on the linguistic level. It is the well-thought-out work with language and zealously experienced motives that connects the composition into a deep, readable whole.

Language: Czech
Title: Zápisky z garsonky
Place: Praha
Publisher: Trigon
Year: 2020
Pages: 96
Genre: Poetry
Awards
 2021 Magnesia Litera – Poetry