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In Josef ?kvorecký's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist Czech Republic, where old feuds, treacherous betrayals, and friendships persevere; and the comfortable, albeit bland world of middle-class Canada. Murder intrudes upon both of these worlds. One features a young female sleuth, a college beauty queen, jealousy in the world of academia, and a neat conclusion. The other is a tragedy caused by evil social forces and philosophies, in which a web of lies insidiously entangles Sidonia, the narrator's wife. A brilliantly stylish tour de force in which the bright, sarcastic comedy of one tale sharply contrasts with the dark, elegiac bitterness of the other, Two Murders in My Double Life confirms Skvorecky's reputations as one of the most versatile, engaging, and compassionate writers.

Review:

"Told with much humor in an informal, improvisational style, this short novel interweaves two stories in a narrative that is absorbing and enjoyable." Library Journal

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"?kvorecký's portrait of the writer unable to minister to the psychic needs of a loved one while absorbed in watching human nature is brilliantly amusing." Kirkus Reviews

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"An odd but thoroughly readable combination of amusement and grimness." Booklist

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In Josef Škvorecký's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist Czech Republic where old feuds, treacherous betrayals, and friendships persevere; and the comfortable, albeit bland world of middle-class Canada. Murder intrudes upon both world. One features a young female sleuth, a college beauty queen, jealousy in the world of academia, and a neat conclusion. The other is a tragedy caused by evil social forces and philosophies, in which a web of lies insidiously entangles Sidonia, the narrator's wife. A brilliantly stylish tour de force in which the bright, sarcastic comedy of one tale sharply contrasts with the dark, elegiac bitterness of the other, Two Murders in My Double Life confirms Škvorecký's reputation as a versatile and engaging writer.

About the Author

?kvorecký is the winner of the 1980 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1984 Governor General's Award in Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374280253
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Skvorecky, Josef
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Czechoslovakia
Subject:
Women publishers.
Subject:
College stories.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
no. PR03
Publication Date:
20020501
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.36 x 5.42 x 0.52 in

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Product details 192 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374280253 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Told with much humor in an informal, improvisational style, this short novel interweaves two stories in a narrative that is absorbing and enjoyable."
"Review" by , "?kvorecký's portrait of the writer unable to minister to the psychic needs of a loved one while absorbed in watching human nature is brilliantly amusing."
"Review" by , "An odd but thoroughly readable combination of amusement and grimness."
"Synopsis" by ,
In Josef Škvorecký's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist Czech Republic where old feuds, treacherous betrayals, and friendships persevere; and the comfortable, albeit bland world of middle-class Canada. Murder intrudes upon both world. One features a young female sleuth, a college beauty queen, jealousy in the world of academia, and a neat conclusion. The other is a tragedy caused by evil social forces and philosophies, in which a web of lies insidiously entangles Sidonia, the narrator's wife. A brilliantly stylish tour de force in which the bright, sarcastic comedy of one tale sharply contrasts with the dark, elegiac bitterness of the other, Two Murders in My Double Life confirms Škvorecký's reputation as a versatile and engaging writer.

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