Bliss Was it in Bohemia

Bliss Was it in Bohemia

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A wildly comic story about the fate of a Czech family from the 1960s onwards. At turns humorous, ironic and sentimental, an engaging portrait of their attempts to flee from history (meaning the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia ) - or at least to ignore it as long as possible...

Light-hearted and sophisticated at once, this is a book that reminds us that comedy can tackle large historical subjects successfully.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 131 x 208 x 37mm | 220g
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0993377327
  • 9780993377327
  • 697,657

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"One of the best satirical novels on the transition from totalitarianism to self-regulation." -- Los Angeles Review of Books "Los Angeles Review of Books" "With a unique juxtaposition of comedy and chaos, the author reflects the complexity of human emotional responses, telling stories of both universal human experience and particular historical significance." -- World Literature Today "World Literature Today"
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About Michal Viewegh

Michal Viewegh is a novelist, short story writer, newspaper columnist and playwright. His 25 books have appeared in 23 languages and been turned into 10 feature films. Recipient of the Jiri Orten prize and the Magnesia Litera prize, he remains the Czech Republic's most popular and prolific writer. Bliss was it in Bohemia was his breakthrough novel when it was published in 1992. It was turned into a Czech feature film in 1997 under its original Czech title of Bajecna leta pod psa.
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