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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