Original title: Muž a žena
In two novellas, the Czech Republic’s most famous writer returns to what readers appreciate most about him. In Family Frost, he lends his humorous and ironic view of relations between man and woman to a bankrupt restaurateur who – out of necessity, but also out of defiance – rents a van with a deepfreeze from the well-known firm and makes his living as a driver. Over the space of a few days, his messed-up life enters a spiral of events that culminates in the wedding of his ex-wife (who is marrying his former business partner). Vincent meets the father he has never met, an encounter that takes an unexpected course. The theme of the second novella, Čarodějka z Křemelky / The Witch of Křemelka, is slightly fantastical. Beautiful Dominika has had such bad luck with men that she has come to regard her attractiveness as a curse. Her ability to read other people’s minds, on the other hand, she considers to be a gift. But as she gets older and the relationships stack up, she begins to wonder if this ability, too, is an inconvenience to her. Then she meets a well-known writer on a train, and she falls in love with him. But is it possible to live with a woman who truly knows what’s on her man’s mind?