Jiří Kratochvil

Jiří Kratochvil: Actor

Original title: Herec

Genre: novel


Druhé město 2006

ISBN: 80-7227-248-9

Pages: 312


shortlisted for Magnesia Litera for prose 2007

Foreign editions:

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.

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