A Love Letter in Cuneiform (The Margellos World Republic of by Tomáš Zmeškal,Alex Zucker

By Tomáš Zmeškal,Alex Zucker

Set in Czechoslovakia among the Nineteen Forties and the Nineteen Nineties, Tomáš Zmeškal’s stimulating novel specializes in one family’s tragic tale of affection and the unstated. Josef meets his spouse, Kveta, ahead of the second one international warfare at a public lecture on Hittite tradition. Kveta chooses to marry Josef over their mutual buddy Hynek, but if her husband is later arrested and imprisoned for an unnamed crime, Kveta provides herself to Hynek in go back for aid and recommendation. the writer explores the complexities of what's now not spoken, what can't be acknowledged, the repercussions of silence after a trial, the absurdity of forgotten ache, and what it's to be an outsider.
 
In Zmeškal’s story, instructed no longer chronologically yet fairly as a mosaic of occasions, time progresses inconsistently and unpredictably, as does one’s realizing. The saga belongs to a selected relatives, however it additionally exposes the bigger, ongoing fight of postcommunist japanese Europe to return to phrases with agony while 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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