Lovers and Murderers

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Catbird Press, 2001 - Fiction - 409 pages
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A black comedy on the human condition, this book presents Vladim r P ral’s darkly comic vision of life in an apartment building that is owned by a chemical factory. The downtrodden residents struggle and scheme to move into better apartments using sex, violence, and deceit to get what they want. In the process, it becomes apparent that they are no better and may be worse than those that they have pushed aside. This novel brilliantly asserts that ideologies may change, but human nature never does.
 

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LOVERS & MURDERERS

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An amusing if intermittently exhausting black comedy (originally published in 1969): the third volume of its eloquent Czech author's "black pentology" (Catapult, 2000; The Five Sonyas, not reviewed ... Read full review

Lovers & murderers: a novel

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A small apartment house, owned by a chemical company in the northern Czech city of Ust! nad Labem, is the focus of P ral's exploration (first published in 1969) of the small-mindedness of humanity ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
v
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
24
Section 5
57
Section 6
63
Section 7
88
Section 8
116
Section 17
269
Section 18
272
Section 19
276
Section 20
277
Section 21
281
Section 22
288
Section 23
299
Section 24
317

Section 9
169
Section 10
190
Section 11
193
Section 12
204
Section 13
222
Section 14
229
Section 15
244
Section 16
246
Section 25
365
Section 26
382
Section 27
388
Section 28
404
Section 29
407
Section 30
408
Section 31
411
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About the author (2001)

Vladimír Páral is the author of more than 20 novels, including The Four Sonyas and Catapult. Craig Cravens is a professor of slavic languages at the University of Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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