Jan Novák

So Far, So Good

Zatím dobrý
Zatím dobrý
Paseka, 2011, 624 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Prose
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Awards
 2005 Magnesia Litera – Book of the Year
Contacts
E: janknovak@gmail.com

The novel Zatím dobrý (So Far, So Good) bears the subtitle “The Mašíns and the Greatest Story of the Cold War”, even though it incorporates not one but several magnificent stories – a journey of an outstanding family that survived two world wars and deadly totalitarian regimes wrought on Central Europe in the 20th century with utmost dignity. A touchy, sophisticated portrait of several extraordinary personalities – including father Mašín, a legionary, soldier and one of the “Three Kings” of the Protectorate period, his wife Zdena, mother-in-law Emma, daughter Nenda, sons Josef and Ctirad Mašín as well as their friends and collaborators.

A captivating and dramatic western unveils a story of five youngsters armed with pistols who encounter a 20-thousand strong army of the East German Volkspolizei. Eventually three of them manage to shoot themselves into the free West Berlin.

This is an extended second edition of the title.

Selected published translations (2)

Eddig megvolnánk Hungarian

Nie jest źle Polish

Language: Czech
Title: Zatím dobrý
Place: Praha
Publisher: Paseka
Year: 2011
Pages: 624
Genre: Prose
Awards
 2005 Magnesia Litera – Book of the Year