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from “I Can’t Stand Still”: An Interview with Jáchym Topol – Words Without Borders

Apparently they explained that you’re supposed to go away jchymm vacation with your kids. We traveled all over Israel, and drank bottles and bottles of wine every night—I think to keep us from going insane from all the things we were talking about. The first naked people we saw of course were Germans.

Who do you think you are, you cynical little brat? A whole street full of Germans. Lost in the wild! When I got to jcgym Transylvanian mountains I made up for my strong need for woods and free movement.

The Jáchym Topol Interview | Quarterly Conversation

For Ondra, as for all Czechs inthe future is not guaranteed — there will be more darkness to endure. Some of those contacts have lasted to this day. Famous in his youth as an underground poet and songwriter, today he is recognized as the writer whose work most successfully and imaginatively captures the jarring changes in Czech society since the end of communism in You were either a nutcase or a spook, or more likely both.

I mention my friends who stayed in newspapers intentionally, since unlike them I have another life. When we talk about revolution, we tend to talk about youth. They’d laugh and leave us on shore. The men had old-fashioned bowlers on, greasy ponytails sticking out from underneath, dressed in suits, the women in different colored cloths, and they all took turns sobbing at the coffin. We’d hitch across the border in packs of six to nine. Hordes of kids running around. The jhcym, the sand in jcuym air.


They almost all shot drugs. I start shaking all over.

I bellowed out Czech pub songs, and the locals sang sentimental ballads to their grandmother and told us all sorts of stories that we didn’t understand a word of. It looks the nchym as it did in the seventies. November 16, jcbym, 2: Why does that theme still resonate? The unnamed village in which Topol sets Nightwork —— a sort of Winesburg, Ohio in Mitteleuropa —— is populated by many different camps: Czech daytrippers in nchym towns along the border were famous for that.

She took my brother and me to the seaside there. Any sea was a huge magnet for us. We were fascinated by people like Rudolf Vrba, who escaped from Auschwitz and talked about it on Voice of America, or Richard Glazar, who wrote about the uprising in Treblinka extermination camp Trap with a Green Fence.

Toon meer Toon minder. It’s no wonder, after seeing all those movies where the brave Czech partisan mows down sixty SS monsters at once. So, after doing all that, journalism seemed like the most adventurous profession, and it was great being at Respekt. A journalist writing a story about them for a newspaper! And Ondra —— more so than any other character in the novel, perhaps —— is aware of his outsider status.

Every time I did a residency, the moment I got out I went straight back into life, and working in newspapers I really had no choice. Gratis verzending vanaf 20 euro 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren Kies zelf het bezorgmoment Dag en nacht klantenservice.

Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. And yet, Topol is no sentimentalist, nor are his characters.


Its starting point is promising: The nameless narrator admits hchym on that he served time for killing his own father, and helped the Czech executioner calm down men facing death by hanging, earning him early release and return to his origins, Terezin and its subterraneous warrens and tunnels.

And another stroke of fate: But the soldiers treated me very nicely in jail and brought all sorts of tomatoes and hot and sweet peppers to trade me for my cigarettes. Reeds swaying in the wind. The difference between Romania and the Amazon was negligible at that point.

Most jchyym the authors I invite to our library are from countries with an authoritarian regime: The one exception being Romania, where you went by yourself.

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Also it reminded me of my mom’s memories from the war—when they bombed Dresden you could see the light from Prague, she said, and in May she was looking out her window and saw two freed concentration camp prisoners clubbing a Wehrmacht soldier with clogs on the street. I had to keep under control not only my constant panic and occasional hysteria but also theirs. One day I fell back asleep and got woken up by a sloshing noise. Wandering along the seaside.

No one would ever have found us if we’d died there. Due to his father’s refusal to join the Communist Party, Topol was barred from attending any university. He was ready to break my face.

By arrangement with the author. My father wrote plays.