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Jakuba Katalpa: Nemci

Jakuba Katalpa
Nemci: geografija izgube
Translated by Tatjana Jamnik
418 pages
Format: 129x198 mm
Published by KUD Police Dubove & Zveza Modro-bela ptica
Year of publication: 2014
Edition Eho, 9
ISBN 978-961-93732-1-7 / ISBN 978-961-7020-01-4 (epub)
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The Germans: The Geography of Loss
In 1987 a package arrives in the Mahler household. It is the last in a long line of packages that the family have received from West Germany since the end of the Forties, sent by Klára Rissmann to her son Konrad. But none of the Mahlers have ever spoken of Grandma Klára, and when Konrad dies many questions remain unanswered. Klára’s granddaughter takes it upon herself to find her grandmother in order to reach an understanding of her family’s past and uncover its traumas. Jakuba Katalpa’s new novel takes us to the Hinterbergen of the first half of the 20th century and a middle-class family enduring hardships caused by the First and then the Second World War and afflicted by human passions and weaknesses. In the early Forties the young adult Klára finds herself in a small village in the Sudetenland, where she comes up against the mistrust and prejudices of local people.
The world of the main heroine, initially so promising, straightforward and carefree, takes knock after knock. Rose-tinted glasses are replaced by disillusionment. The reader is confronted with a question: After so many years, is it really possible to get at the truth?
The author’s fine language is in stark contrast with the coarse depiction of milestones in the lives of those close to Klára, making the theme of loss – which dominates the novel in many variations – more conspicuous still.

Jakuba Katalpa (real name Tereza Jandová, born 1979) is a Czech prose writer, author of three books of fiction. The novella Is Soil to Be Eaten? / Je hlína k snědku? shortlisted for Magnesia Litera in the Newcomer of the Year category (2007), the novel The Bitter Sea / Hořké moře shortlisted for the Jiří Orten Prize (2009), the novel The Germans / Němci received Czech Book Award (2013) and Josef Škvorecký Award (2013), and was shortlisted for Magnesia Litera in the prose category (2013).

(from Dana Blatná Literary Agency)

The publication was co-financed by Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and Slovenian Book Agency.

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