Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia by Michal Viewegh

By Michal Viewegh

MICHAL VIEWEGH’s brief and witty novel Bringing Up women in Bohemia is the tale of Beata Kralova and her not-so-young tutor. Beata is a 20-year-old drop-out and daughter of Denis Kral (i.e., King), a Czech “new millionaire” of doubtful connections. Beata embraces lover after lover in addition to motives new to japanese Europe: the surroundings, animal rights, feminism, consumerism, new-age religion. 

This satirical examine Prague this present day through the easiest of the hot Czech writers entertains with a parade of unnforgettable characters,the new mafiosi and their ex-secret police bodyguards, the expatriate americans, and plenty of a unprecedented Czech, from a cremation fanatic to a hopelessly naïve sex-education teacher. 

The novel is additionally a major exploration of the position of the author in post-communist critical Europe. The narrator, himself a author and instructor who's in love with Beata, needs to painting her destiny in phrases that designate her nihilism with no wasting religion in his personal optimistic craft of tale- telling. His hard-won credo as artist is to be an entertainer in a global of newly felt cruelty and suffering. 

 

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