Return of the Old Komodo Dragon

Michal Ajvaz

Michal Ajvaz: Return of the Old Komodo Dragon

Original title: Návrat starého varana


1991, Mladá fronta

Foreign editions:

Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental – Polish (Pogranicze 2005); Návrat starého varana – Hungarian (Kijarat, 2004), Polish (Pogranicze, 2005), Russian (Azbuka, 2004), Návrat starého varana – German (Větrné mlýny/Wieser Verlag, 2019)


This volume contains the author’s poetry debut – a collection called Murder in the Intercontinental Hotel / Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental, first published in 1989, together with a collection of short stories, Return of the Old Komodo Dragon /Návrat starého varana, first published in 1991. Though one part of this volume is a collection of verse and the other short stories, the union is not inorganic. The fundamental structural principle is the same in both: the logically real space of Prague is disrupted by fantastic ideas that, somewhat surprisingly, do not disrupt the illusion of reality.

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