Bear Dance

Irena Dousková

Irena Dousková: Bear Dance

Original title: Medvědí tanec

Genre: novel


Druhé město, 2014

ISBN: 978-80-7227-346-1

Pages: 296

Foreign editions:

Hungarian (Kalligram, 2020, Csoma Borbála), Polish (Stara Szkoła, 2022, Miroslaw Śmigielski), Spanish (La Fuga Ediciones, 2023, Enrique Gutiérrez), Latvian (Pētergailis, 2023, Jānis Krastiņš)


Irena Dousková has written her best novel yet about the last few months in the life of the enfant terrible of Czech literature, Jaroslav Hašek. In 1922 the ailing Hašek retired to Lipnice. The joker and hoaxer of old, with his ability to enjoy himself regally and write trenchantly, was still dormant within him, but the Lipnice community was now the last butt of his jokes. He was still writing smutty verse and “scandalous” drama for the local hams, but on sleepless nights his face bore the expression of a frightened child.

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