Michal Ajvaz : Return of the Old Komodo Dragon / Návrat starého varana

collection of poems, prose
This volume contains the author’s poetry debut – a collection called Murder in the Intercontinental Hotel / Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental, first published in 1989, together with a collection of short stories, Return of the Old Komodo Dragon /Návrat starého varana, first published in 1991. Though one part of this volume is a collection of verse and the other short stories, the union is not inorganic. The fundamental structural principle is the same in both: the logically real space of Prague is disrupted by fantastic ideas that, somewhat surprisingly, do not disrupt the illusion of reality. 

Publisher: 1991, Mladá fronta

Foreign editions

Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental – Poland (Pogranicze 2005); Návrat starého varana – Hungary (Kijarat, 2004); Poland (Pogranicze, 2005); Russia (Azbuka, 2004)

Extract