Midway Upon The Journey Of Our Life by Josef JedlickaMidway Upon The Journey Of Our Life by Josef Jedlicka

Midway Upon The Journey Of Our Life

byJosef JedlickaTranslated byAlex Zucker

Hardcover | June 15, 2016

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Written between 1954 and 1957 and treating events from the Stalinist era of Czechoslovakia’s postwar Communist regime, Midway Upon the Journeyof Our Life flew in the face of the reigning aesthetic of socialist realism, an anti-heroic novel informed by the literary theory of Viktor Shklovsky and constructed from episodes and lyrical sketches of the author and his neighbors’ everyday life in industrial north Bohemia, set against a backdrop of historical and cultural upheaval.
 
Meditative and speculative reflections here alternate and overlap with fragmentary accounts of Jedlicka’s own biography and slices of the lives of people around him, typically rendered as overheard conversations. The narrative passages range in chronology from May 1945 to the early 1950s, with sporadic leaps through time as the characters go about the business of “building a new society” and the mythology that goes with it. Due to its critical view of socialist society, Midway remained unpublished until 1966, amid the easing of cultural control, but a complete version of this darkly comic novel did not appear in Czech until 1994.
Josef Jedlicka (1927–1990) was a Czech novelist and essayist. Alex Zucker is a translator of Czech literature whose translation of Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop received the English PEN Award for Writing in Translation.
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Title:Midway Upon The Journey Of Our LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Karolinum Press, Charles UniversityLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:802463127X

ISBN - 13:9788024631271

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Table of Contents

Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life
Afterword
Translator’s Note
About the Author
About the Translator
 
 

Editorial Reviews

“Bitterly parodies the techniques of ‘literature of fact’ in an attempt to show how the avant-garde’s utopian dreams of a new art for a new society were realized, paradigmatically in the northern Bohemian borderlands, in dystopian art for a dystopian society and landscape.”