Petr Král

In Search of the Essence of Place

Zpráva o místech
Zpráva o místech
Torst, 2008, 199 pp
Language: Czech

In Search of the Essence of Place is a memoir of Petr Král’s experiences growing up in post-war Czechoslovakia and his later years in Paris. In a unique and elliptical self-portrait, from childhood dens beneath a piano and forts built beneath tables, the book spreads out past the family home, to the fields beyond and the businesses past that, and then to a barracks town perforated with secret spaces, discovering a whole country that exists only as a façade. Compelling and poetic, it explores place with intense care, and finds it fluid and richly associative. In a text that becomes its own rolling landscape, Král’s extraordinary language is born from and rewards deep, unusual attention and feeling.

(Description from the English edition)

Selected published translations (2)

Enquête sur des lieux French

In Search of the Essence of Place English

Language: Czech
Title: Zpráva o místech
Place: Praha
Publisher: Torst
Year: 2008
Pages: 199