Love Letter in Cuneiform

Zmeskal, Tomas; Yale University Press; 2016-05-03 00:00:00
Love Letter in Cuneiform

Love Letter in Cuneiform

Zmeskal, Tomas; Yale University Press; 2016
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From a leading voice in the vibrant literary scene of today’s Czech Republic, a love story rooted in the atrocities of the past and tethered to fading hopes for the future

Set in Czechoslovakia between the 1940s and the 1990s, Tomáš Zmeškal’s stimulating novel focuses on one family’s tragic story of love and the unspoken. Josef meets his wife, Kveta, before the Second World War at a public lecture on Hittite culture. Kveta chooses to marry Josef over their mutual friend Hynek, but when her husband is later arrested and imprisoned for an unnamed crime, Kveta gives herself to Hynek in return for help and advice. The author explores the complexities of what is not spoken, what cannot be said, the repercussions of silence after an ordeal, the absurdity of forgotten pain, and what it is to be an outsider.
 
In Zmeškal’s tale, told not chronologically but rather as a mosaic of events, time progresses unevenly and unpredictably, as does one’s understanding. The saga belongs to a particular family, but it also exposes the larger, ongoing struggle of postcommunist Eastern Europe to come to terms with suffering when catharsis is denied. Reporting from a fresh, multicultural perspective, Zmeškal makes a welcome contribution to European literature in the twenty-first century.

EAN
9780300186970
ISBN
0300186975
Typ produktu
Paperback
Vydavatel
Yale University Press
Datum vydání
03.05.2016
Stránky
328
Jazyk
English
Rozměry
198 x 127 x 24
Země
United States
Sekce
General
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Zmeskal, Tomas
Série
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
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