Books set in Czech Republic (9)


Gerta : A Novel by Kateřina Tučková EN

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The award-winning novel by Czech author Kateřina Tučková--her first to be translated into English--about the fate of one woman and the pursuit of forgiveness in a divided postwar world. 1945. Allied forces liberate Nazi-occupied Brno, Moravia. For Gerta Schnirch, daughter of a Czech mother and a German father aligned with Hitler, it's not deliverance; it's a sentence. She has been branded an enemy of the state. Caught in the changing tides of a war that shattered her family--and her innocence--Gerta must obey the official order: she, along with all ethnic Germans, is to be expelled from Czecho... continue
Recommended: 12 Sep 2022

How I Came to Know Fish

How I Came to Know Fish by Ota Pavel EN

Rating: 4.3     3 Votes
How I Came to Know Fish (1974) is Ota Pavel's magical memoir of his childhood in Czechoslovakia. Fishing with his father and his Uncle Prosek � the two finest fishermen in the world � he takes a peaceful pleasure from the rivers and ponds of his country. But when the Nazis invade, his father and two older brothers are sent to concentration camps and Pavel must steal their confiscated fish back from under the noses of the SS to feed his family. With tales of his father�s battle to provide for his family both in wealthy freedom and in terrifying persecution, this is one boy�s passionate and affe... continue
Recommended: 05 Dec 2022

I Served the King of England

I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal EN

Rating: 3.6     7 Votes
A comic, picaresque novel set against the backdrop of twentieth-century Czech history, about the rise and fall of an ambitious busboy in Prague.
Genre Humor
Recommended: 05 Dec 2022

Le joueur d'échecs

Le joueur d'échecs by Stefan Zweig FR

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Country: Europe / Austria flag Austria
Sur un paquebot reliant New York à Buenos Aires, en 1939, le champion du monde d'échecs est mis en difficulté par un inconnu lors d'une partie improvisée. L'homme, qui affirme ne pas s'être assis devant un échiquier depuis plus de vingt ans, confie au narrateur sa terrible histoire : rescapé de la terreur nazie en Autriche, il a été soumis pendant plusieurs mois à la torture psychologique d'un isolement total, auquel seul le jeu d'échecs, qu'il pratiquait mentalement, lui a permis d'échapper... Le Joueur d'échecs, que Zweig rédigea en 1941 depuis l'exil et qu'il acheva peu de temps avant de se... continue
Recommended: 16 Nov 2022

Mendelssohn is on the Roof

Mendelssohn is on the Roof by Jiri Weil EN

Rating: 4.3     3 Votes
SS Officer Juliyus Schlesinger is ordered to remove the statue of the Jewish composer Mendelssohn from the roof of the Prague Academy of Music before an official concert. Unsure which of the statues is Mendelssohn, he tells his men to remove the one with the biggest nose. Unfortunately, this is the statue of Wagner.
Recommended: 16 Nov 2022

My Heart Is At Ease

My Heart Is At Ease by Gerta Solan EN

Rating: 2     1 Vote

Tales from Two Pockets

Tales from Two Pockets by Karel Čapek EN

Rating: 4.4     5 Votes
Capek mystery stories from the 1920s are among the most enjoyable and unusual ever written though only a few have previously appeared in English and then only in poor translations. This new collection - admirably translated from the Czech by Norma Comrada - should introduce a whole new legion of admirers to this leading fiction writer, playwright and columnist whose work includes 'War with the Newts'.
Recommended: 05 Dec 2022

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz : A Novel by Heather Morris EN

Rating: 3.5     108 Votes
The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly ... continue


The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera EN

Rating: 3.6     108 Votes
A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover—these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. In a world in which lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and by fortuitous events, a world in which everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence, we feel "the unbearable lightness of being" not only as the consequence of our pristine actions but also in the public sphere, and the two inevitably intertwine.
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

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