Just arrived from Brno, the Czech Republic, this “must read” long awaited chronology of that era of history of which we as Americans have little if any knowledge, is set in South Bohemia ten years after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It recalls the upheaval in the country during the 1950s collectivization of agriculture, businesses and industries, the strain of normal social ties in the years to follow. It characterizes how Czech people of all generations struggle to deal with the unresolved remnants of their past since totalitarian communists were driven from power. The story combines drama and mystery with history, architecture and some romance against a background of the natural beauty of South Bohemia. The characters struggle to resolve their feelings of guilt, thirst for revenge and desire to forgive. In the original Czech, Rustic Baroque [Selsky baroko] was awarded the Magnesia Litera prize as the Best Czech Novel for 2005.
The translator has annotated the novel to enhance English-language readers’ appreciation for Czech life and culture. Rustic Baroque makes for an excellent study for those who are learning Czech or for Czech speakers wishing to improve their English.
Please order your book or books early as it will be highly desired for genealogy purposes and history lovers for authentic history formerly unknown. It is a great gift to anyone you know who will benefit being educated.