A Love Letter in Cuneiform by Tomáš Zmeškal

By Tomáš Zmeškal

Set in Czechoslovakia among the Nineteen Forties and the Nineteen Nineties, Tomáš Zmeškal's stimulating novel makes a speciality of one family's tragic tale of affection and the unstated. Josef meets his spouse, Kveta, ahead of the second one global battle at a public lecture on Hittite tradition. Kveta chooses to marry Josef over their mutual pal Hynek, but if her husband is later arrested and imprisoned for an unnamed crime, Kveta offers herself to Hynek in go back for support and suggestion. the writer explores the complexities of what's now not spoken, what can't be acknowledged, the repercussions of silence after a tribulation, the absurdity of forgotten discomfort, and what it truly is to be an outsider.
In Zmeškal's story, instructed no longer chronologically yet quite as a mosaic of occasions, time progresses inconsistently and unpredictably, as does one's knowing. The saga belongs to a selected relations, however it additionally exposes the bigger, ongoing fight of postcommunist japanese Europe to return to phrases with anguish whilst catharsis is denied. Reporting from a clean, multicultural point of view, Zmeškal makes a welcome contribution to eu literature within the twenty-first century.

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