The Case of Unfaithful Klára

Michal Viewegh

Michal Viewegh: The Case of Unfaithful Klára

Original title: Případ nevěrné Kláry


Genre: novel


Publisher:

Petrov, 2003; Druhé město, 2009


ISBN: 80-7227-154-7


Pages: 256


Foreign editions:

Italian (Instar Libri, 2005), Danish (Gyldendal, 2006), Polish (Zysk i S-ka Wydawnictwo, 2007), German (Szolnay/Deuticke, 2007), Slovenian (Sanje, 2010)

Summary


The story begins in the office of private eye Denis Pravda, who specialises in shadowing unfaithful partners and is approached one day by popular writer Norbert Černý. The Case of Unfaithful Klára is not only an artfully formed self-reflecting parody on the life of a so-called successful author, but is above all a cleverly composed tale of love, friendship, and jealousy. The story is set in faraway China and is constructed around elements of the detective novel and a number of unexpected twists. 

 

Over 60,000 copies sold in the Czech Republic alone.

Film version was premiered in March, 2009 in Italy, the language of the film is English; director Roberto Faenza , production Elda Ferria (also: Benigni – The Life is Beautiful, received the Oscar award) , co-production Rudolf Biermann; starring: Klára: Laura Chiatti (26), teenage Miss Europe; her jealous friend Luka: Claudio Santamaria (34), famous for example from the James Bond film Casino Royale; detective: Ian Glen (47), Scottish actor; one of the leading roles: Paulína Němcová (33), top Czech model.


Reviews

"One of the reasons Michal Viewegh’s books are so popular amongst readers is the fact that his hand is very deft at depicting the life and institutions we all know very well, so that we can at least easily imagine them. They are vivid sociological and psychological studies of the contemporary Czech middle class."  
Josef Chuchma, MF Dnes

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