Siamese Story

Jiří Kratochvil

Jiří Kratochvil: Siamese Story

Original title: Siamský příběh

Genre: novel


Atlantis 1996, Druhé město 2008

ISBN: 978-80-7227-270-9

Pages: 218


"Of Kratochvil´s plentiful literary work I like Siamese Story best of all. It contains everything I love about reading. The narration draws us into the highly credible story from the very first line. The highly credible narrator tells us about his first and only great love, that of a 12-year-old boy for a mature and unbelievably beautiful woman. The apostrophes of her beauty are among the strongest metaphors of recent Czech prose, turning the work into a modern version of Solomon´s Song of Songs. But above all, her charm lies in the indefatigable inventiveness of the author, in the twists and turns the story takes as its tempo quickens towards an astonishing denouement, towards several possible denouements … I envy those readers who are about to read this story of exceptional beauty for the first time. " – Květoslav Chvatík

The strange adventures of a child and a man that take place between 1946 and the present. Two main and numerous secondary storylines mingle, miss each other and meet again – that is why this is a “Siamese” – a twin - story. The action takes place in a small village on the outskirts of Brno in the foothills of the Czech-Moravian highlands. This is the soil that nurtures an unusual love story. The reader is drawn into the intensively erotic dreams of the child’s developing sexuality.


"Siamese Story is one of the best books published in the last couple of years." 
Antonín Jelínek, Týdeník Rozhlas

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