A Long Track

Viktorie Hanišová

Viktorie Hanišová: A Long Track

Original title: Dlouhá trať

Genre: short stories


Host, 2020

ISBN: 978-80-275-0372-8

Pages: 192


Sometimes we forget what we’re running for in the middle of the race… After three novels, Viktorie Hanišová has opted for the tighter space of the short story.


There are times when life just stops. Death, personal failure, lost illusion, simple fear – all are necessarily accompanied by anxiety, doubt and questioning. There are moments that force us to consider our own being in a bright light focused beyond convention and ‘being like other people’.  And what this light shows us is often simultaneously frightening, spellbinding and enticing… 

Linked by theme, these brisk prose pieces are like well-intentioned slaps; they hurt, but they wake us up. In common with the protagonists of the collection A Long Track, the reader keeps stopping and asking, What’s the sense of all this? It may not be pleasant to brood on, but once the thinking starts, there is no way back. We can say the same about A Long Track – it may not be a nice read, but it is certainly an unputdownable one.  

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