Tourists on an Excursion

Michal Viewegh

Michal Viewegh: Tourists on an Excursion

Original title: Účastníci zájezdu


Genre: novel


Publisher:

Petrov 1996, 2001, 2003; Druhé město 2006


ISBN: 8072272454


Pages: 352


Foreign editions:

Polish (Agave, 2001; Prószyński, 2008), Croatian (Divic, 2002), Dutch (Uitgeverij Wereldbibliotheek, 1999), Italian (Mondadori) and Slovenian (Sanje, 2007, 2008)

Summary


A portrayal of the tragicomic and absurd fates of two dozen people temporarily changed into tourists during their summer vacation on a bus trip to Italy. Though written in the third-person-singular, the content is actually autobiographical. The author describes the misery and banality of human relationships, using a sociologically vibrant sample of Czech tourists of various ages and from various walks of life (pleasant but plain Jolana, her parents, whose relationship has over the years become a mere stereotype, the gracefully ageing ladies Helga and Šarlota). The star is the writer Max, who wants to take a rest from his erotic adventures among two male, homosexual friends. Their rather silly guide, blonde beauty Pamela, decides to make friends of all these holidaymakers, but the thing is, they are seeing each other for the first time.

 

Over 95,000 copies sold in the Czech Republic alone.

Dramatisation for the stage:
Adapted for the theatre by the Bmo "Divadlo In flagranti" company. Premiered in 1998.

Film version:
Premiered in April 2006 and directed by Jiří Vejdělek, it became the most succesful Czech film of the year 2006. Three weeks after the Czech premiere the film got two awards at the New York movie festival Tribeca (for the actress Eva Holubová, and a special award to all the actors´ team).

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