Matěj Hořava

Matěj Hořava: Stopover

Original title: Mezipřistání

Genre: novella


Host, 2020

ISBN: 978-80-275-0370-4

Pages: 136

Rights sold to:

Bulgaria (Ergo), Norsha (Macedonia)


Captivating prose pieces from Georgia


This author’s debut work Distilled Spirit / Pálenka, most of which is set in a Czech village in the Banat region of Romania, made quite an impression. His second book, too, is informed by his own life. Stopover / Mezipřistání is set on a prefabricated housing estate in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Everything here is new for the narrator: the strange land, the paths to take, the people, the incomprehensible language. To battle fatigue caused by the greyness and chaos of the big city, he makes occasional escapes to the Black Sea, the Caucasus, Moravia, Bohemia, his childhood… Captured in lyrical, figurative, rhythmic prose, the lives of the characters – often hard and marked by bitter experience – merge with the life of the narrator.   

”None of Matěj Hořava’s Czech contemporaries can match his lyrical, figurative, rhythmic prose. I have rarely felt so privileged as an editor working on a manuscript.”
Jan Němec, writer and editor of the book

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