Michal Ajvaz

Michal Ajvaz: Cities

Original title: Města

Genre: novel


Druhé město, 2019

ISBN: 978-80-7227-422-2

Pages: 736

Rights sold to:

USA (Dalkey Archive Press)


The narrator promises the wife of his old friend Štěpán that he will attempt to track down a mysterious flash disk in Stockholm, which by a strange twist has thrown Štěpán into a state of mental turmoil and yet which at the same time is the only thing in the world that can overcome his despair. The flash disk is no longer in Stockholm, so the narrator sets out once more upon its trail, until his search eventually turns into a round-the-world journey, leading him from Sweden to Norway and then to Holland, Ireland, France, the east and west coasts of the United States, Japan and Poland.  On his way he meets a lot of people, gets to know their stories and listens to their narrative about a transforming statue, an edible mosaic, the parts of a mysterious machine, the birth of a novel from a single sentence in a book bought at a market in Seoul, a composition that was written as the accompaniment to a dance of shadows on a wall, the tragic end of a French oceanographer, the literary work of an eccentric Bavarian mayor, the Blue Pegasus Company's journey to the West and a religion that was born online. 

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