Singing in the Middle of the Night

Jiří Kratochvil

Jiří Kratochvil: Singing in the Middle of the Night

Original title: Uprostřed nocí zpěv


Genre: novel


Publisher:

Atlantis 1992, Druhé město 2010


ISBN: 80-7108-029-2


Pages: 168


Awards:

Czech Booksellers’ Prize 1993; Prize of the Literární noviny journal 1993


Foreign editions:

Spanish (Anaya, 1992; Impedimenta, 2010), German (Rowohlt, 1996), French (Gallimard, 1999), Italian (Edizioni Anfora, 2005)

Summary


At the core of this novel is the autobiographical experience of a child of a post-1948 emigrant who grows up in the 1950’s Brno, surrounded by “caring” policemen and self-imposed supervisors. At the end of this structurally complex novel, two threads of plot come together in the leading motif of a search for a father – as well as for the hero’s own identity.


Reviews

"Kratochvil enhances the fragile poetic of a Bohumil Hrabal with the rough churlishness of a Günter Grass; he combines the cynicism of a Milan Kundera with the dreaming of a Bruno Schulz."  
Andreas Breitenstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland

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