- Hardcover: 234 pages
- Publisher: Jantar Publishing; Revised edition edition (May 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993377300
- ISBN-13: 978-0993377303
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,814,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winner of the 1984 Egon Hastovsky prize; 'GraveLarks successfully employs Menippean satire, characterized by a fragmented narrative, frequent shifts of stylistic register and point of view, and the wish to lampoon not so much an individual but a general state of mind ... Needless to say, the novel's relevance is not limited to a specific time and place' - Andrei Rogatchevski, The Times Literary Supplement; 'GraveLarks is a quite remarkable novel - a lot of fun even, despite the sour accompanying taste. This is a wonderfully lively text, and while Kresadlo bashes the system of those times he treats it as an aberration that should be examined and understood and not simply ignored or glossed over. A fascinating work, in many respects, and a very good novel.' - M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review; 'A complex torrent of black humour mixed with rollicking slapstick clowning, of sexual exploitation mixed with warm family love, of sharp, pointed, observations mixed with bizarre and fantastic episodes reminiscent of Meyrink and Kafka.' - John Howard, Wormwood; 'Original, shocking, truthful' - Josef Skvorecky, prize-winning novelist, publisher, academic; 'The greatest post-war Czech writer' - Peter Pistanek, prize-winning novelist and cognac connoisseur
About the Author
Jan Kresadlo(1926-1995) was the pseudonym chosen by Dr Vaclav Jaroslav Karel Pinkava, a Czech emigre psychologist who settled in Britain with his wife and four children after the 1968 invasion of his native Czechoslovakia. He worked as a clinical psychologist in Colchester until his early retirement in 1982, when he turned to full-time writing. GraveLarks, his first novel, was originally published by Josef Skvorecky's emigre publishing house `68 Publishers in Toronto. Pinkava was also active in choral music and mathematical logic discovering the many-valued logic algebra which bears his name.
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In 1987 Josef Skvorecky wrote:
..."I consider [this book] to be one of the most original, shocking, truthful and artistically very interesting works of contemporary Czech fiction. It is profound, ironic, witty and - what is rare in today's writing - it betrays a learned author, who, in spite of the width and depth of his knowledge, has remained an acute observer of real life and real people. It is not often that one finds, in fiction of any nation, a portrayal of the Stalinist fifties that has been executed with so much freshness, incisiveness, charming cynicism, accuracy... it is also devoid of any sentimental seriousness and it makes excellent reading even for those who are not interested in the political background against which the macabre story is played out. I think that an English-language publication of this novel would be regarded by those who know what literature is all about as a discovery."
More information about the author and polymath Jan Kresadlo in English and Czech here [...]