A Handbook of Czech Prose Writing, 1940-2005
This handbook gives brief biographies of 35 Czech writers, synposes of their prose writings which have not yet been translated into English, a brief critique of the writers' work, and listings of publications that are available in English. For anyone teaching Czech and Central European literature, this handbook is essential. Czech literature developed in two very different locations and conditions as many Czech writers found literary freedom in exile during the restrictive communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Writers in both locations created extraordinarily interesting and diverse works. All were united in their wish to see their homeland liberated from the totalitarian regime. The suffering and generally adverse conditions of those who stayed at home are reflected in the works written both at home and in exile, especially after the two parties found secret ways of communicating between themselves. Many works abound in wit and humor, including Jewish themes, despite the difficult circ
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