Original title: Herec
Druhé město 2006
shortlisted for Magnesia Litera for prose 2007
Arabic (Al Shaar, Syria, 2016)
The novel The Promise (Requiem for the Fifties) is an intentional allusion to Friedrich Dürrenmatt's novella The Pledge: Requiem for the Detective Novel / Slib: rekviem na kriminální román, and at the same time it is about a promise unfulfilled. The novel is set in the author´s fateful town of Brno, mainly in the middle years of the twentieth century. The threads of the diversifying plot are pulled along by alternating narrators who weave together a story rooted in the times of emerging totalitarianism, with its omnipresent informers. The architect Kamil Modráček is subjected to a terrible test – he confronts the death of his sister as a consequence of a police interrogation. The story then changes into an absurd-symbolic scene on revenge, the results of which assume massively questionable outlines.