Czechoslovakia

Most of the City

Theme: Eastern Europe To Czechoslovakia we have gone and now we read the haunting and touching vignettes of Pavel Brycz’s I, City.  Brycz’s city is Most, Czechoslovakia, the city that narrates this homage itself, to what it is and once was.  There is a definite history that frames the context of this novel in fragments;…

Is It Possible to Be This Miserable?

Theme:  Eastern Europe The Maimed by Hermann Ungar wonderfully terrifying descent into paranoia, perversity and the power of abuse.  Well-written and captivating from the opening sentence, this novel tells the depressing story of Franz Polzer.  Ungar leads us with a perfect narrative through a tale that offers no lasting happiness for the tortured soul of…

The Czech Houdini!

Theme:  Eastern Europe Michal Ajvaz is a literary magician creating worlds of worlds, worlds of words, worlds of objects.  He is the fantastical baby of Borges and Timothy Leary.  He is a cartographer on mescaline.  He is Czech. His novel, The Other City, gives us a model novel of magical realism.  The anonymous narrator finds…

Do You Have a Stamp for That?

The curse of this erotic century! Everything’s saturated with sex, nothing but sex and erotic stimulants! Adolescents and even children fall in love with goose-girls! Love tragedies are common currency, all through reading sexy books and watching erotic films! To the courts with these writers and educators, these purveyors of pornography! Away with the monstrous…