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Povidky: Short Stories by Czech Women (Short Stories by Women from Around the World)by Nancy Hawker
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A lyrical, mysterious tour through Prague mixes history with legend and everyday reality. A child's philosophical reflections on the Christian concept of sinfulness lead him to resolve to sin "just a little bit."A witty style informs stories of drunken men bantering over interminable card games, teenage girls smoking in school toilets, and a woman whose salvation comes in the unexpected form of pickled men's buttocks.
These Czech women express their multiple perspectives on social and intimate issues with sometimes biting, sometimes gentle insight into human nature.
Nancy Hawkeris reading Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Collection of short stories by Czech women.
A lyrical, mysterious tour through Prague mixes history and legend with everyday reality, a child’s reflections on the Christian concept of sinfulness lead him to resolve to sin “just a little bit,” drunken men banter over interminable card games, and a woman’s salvation comes in the unexpected form of pickled buttocks.
Bringing together authors of different generations, styles, and backgrounds—including, for the first time in English, two stories by Czech Roma—this collection expresses women’s multiple perspectives on social and intimate issues with by turns caustic and sensitive insight into human nature.
About the Author
Nancy Hawker is reading Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Raised in France and the Czech Republic, in the course of her studies she has absorbed English, French, Czech, Hebrew and Arabic literature.
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