Original title: Andělé všedního dne
Druhé město 2007, 2014
Croatian (Profil International, 2008); Slovenian (Sanje, 2008); Polish ( Prószyński, 2009); German (Deuticke / Szolnay, 2010; DTV, 2013); Russian (Innostrannaya Literatura, 2011, magazine)
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It is Tuesday, 5th September 2006, in the Nusle suburb of Prague. Fifty-two-year-old Karel has entered the last day of his life, but so far no one knows this but the angels. The new novel by Michal Viewegh springs a few surprises in its choice of protagonists: a young widow, a driving instructor, a suicide, four angels. This is the story of a single day, by the end of which three human destinies will have merged into one.
In the words of the author, the work is "a nimble tale of people, angels and dying ... a book about us all. Our time is measured out, but we insist on behaving as though we were immortal".
Viewegh has the largest readership of any contemporary writer in Czech, and this work is typical in its inventiveness and the boldness of its composition.