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Radka Denemarková: Prispevek k zgodovini radosti

Radka Denemarková
Prispevek k zgodovini radosti

Translated by Tatjana Jamnik
346 pages
Format: 129x198 mm
Published by KUD Police Dubove & Zveza Modro-bela ptica
Year of publication: 2015
Edition Eho, 10
ISBN 978-961-93732-5-5
ISBN 978-961-7020-03-8 (epub)
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The body of a wealthy middle-aged businessman is found in his luxury villa in Prague. Initially nothing suggests foul play but the man’s widow insists it couldn’t possibly be suicide. As he begins to investigate, the policeman finds himself attracted to the young and beautiful widow.

A trail leads him to an orange house with a red roof on Prague’s Petřín hill, inhabited by three extraordinary elderly women: a yoga instructor, a filmmaker, and a teacher of creative writing. While the old ladies are away on some mysterious business, the policeman sneaks into their house. In the basement he discovers a vast archive of documents dating back to World War II.

What connects the murder case with the three women and their treasure trove documenting thousands of cases of rape and abuse? Will the family of the young Indian woman who died after being gang-raped ever get justice? Will the ringleaders of the gang in the north of England who groomed young girls and forced them into prostitution ever be convicted for their crimes? Or is vigilante justice the only possible response to such evil?

Only twittering swallows, roaming freely from continent to continent, have the answers and can make all the connections from their bird’s eye view. Disguised as a crime novel and combining fact and fiction, Radka Denemarková’s fourth novel is a passionate indictment of all forms of violence against women whenever and wherever it occurs.

From reviews

Disguised as a crime mystery set in Prague and mixing fact and fiction, A Contribution to the History of Joy (Příspěvek k dějinám radosti, 2014) is a passionate indictment of all forms of violence against women everywhere, spanning the past 70 years of history.

Editors of the Asymptote

From the author’s interview

The status of women and men is what I regard as the key problem. It still makes a difference whether you are born in a woman’s skin or a man’s.

Radka Denemarková, The Missing Slate (http://themissingslate.com)

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