White Elephants

Irena Dousková

Irena Dousková: White Elephants

Original title: O bílých slonech


Genre: novella


Publisher:

Druhé město 2008


ISBN: 978-80-7227-276-1


Pages: 130

Summary


This shorter work of prose is set in the not-so-distant past in a village close to the town of Beroun in Bohemia. In the course of one week, in short, interconnected episodes, the children´s counting-out rhyme works itself out: Luck, Bad luck, Love, Marriage, Doll, Cradle, Countess, Death. The prose has a subtle, balladic tuning; the atmosphere evokes the billowy air of summer over baked asphalt, through which true narrative jewels flash discreetly. Exquisite reading!

 

Complete English translation available on request.

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