Translated by Ivan Margolius with an Introduction by Ivan Margolius and Helena Třeštíková
Based on an interview with the late writer and memoirist Heda Margolius Kovály and the basis for a film shown on Czech television, “this work stands out as one of the best examples of memoir literature.… The book has extraordinary momentum, reads in ‘one sitting’ and, were it not a depiction of real life events, could be described as a suspense thriller…. The story is so engrossing and filled with such immediacy and realism that the narrator, speaking from the soul, instantly wins the hearts of readers…. Stories of people with admirable fortitude struggling even in the most hopeless situations with a cruel fate will always find their audience.” – Jan Hofírek, “An Exceptional Life Wandering Through the Century of Horrors”
Kovály is the author of several books including the acclaimed memoir Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 (Holmes & Meier, 1997) and the mystery thriller Innocence, or Murder on Steep Street (Soho Press, 2015).
Viennese artist Deborah Sengl uses taxidermy, drawings and paintings to reimagine Karl Kraus’ ten hour theatrical masterwork The Last Days of Mankind (Die Letzten Tage der Menscheit). Essays by poetry scholar Marjorie Perloff and German language professor Anna Souchuk examine Sengl’s ambitious re-staging of 44 critical scenes from Kraus’ play with an eye toward the metaphorical and poetic interpretations of Kraus achieved by Sengl’s masterwork. To be published in conjunction with the centenary anniversary of the end of The Great War, reflecting on current attitudes toward military intervention and global conflict.
April 2018. First trade paperback.
The memoir of Jewish jazz prodigy Coco Schumann, one of Germany’s most celebrated musicians,. Recounts his life in the vibrant and illegal underground Berlin club scene, his harrowing experiences in Theresienstadt (Terezín) and Auschwitz, and playing with jazz greats. Short-listed for the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, Jazz. 50+ historical documents and rare photographs.
A futuristic novel presenting a highly-original take on the decline and rebirth of civilization. Part Darwin, Orwell, Phillip K. Dick, Marx, Doctorow and Ursula K. Le Guin, Dath splices together an epic tale of the biotechnological Gente – chimera who gene/gender/shape-shift – and their multi-planetary, multi-dimensional war against a form of ceramic postbiological life. Grandiose, lyrical, horrific, literary, erotic, and visionary.
In 1970s USSR, Arkady Polishchuk tries to emigrate. He’s a Russian Jew and journalist with critical “State secrets” – identities of KGB officers influencing foreign affairs through a state-run magazine. In his passage to dissent, he covers an anti-Semitic show trial, writes samizdat publications, is arrested, goes on hunger strikes, collaborates with refuseniks and smuggles eyewitness testimony of persecuted Christians.
Prokop’s meticulously researched history restores Jacques and Jacqueline Groag to their rightful places in the pantheon of Viennese Modernists. The couple studied and worked within a circle of notables including Ludwig Wittgenstein, Adolf Loos, Paul Engelmann, Josef Hoffmann and Franz Cizek. Beginning with the Groags’ early collaborations in the 1930’s to their lives as Jewish émigrés after the Anschluss, Prokop explores the couple’s unique aesthetic contributions in pre-Reich Vienna and Czechoslovakia as well as later in Britain for postwar exhibitions, monuments, furniture and textile design.
Winner of the 2016 Fintro Literature Prize, this dual-track story of daughters yearning for recognition from their fathers is part magical-realism, part poetry, and part sparkling prose. The author Hagar Peeters, a prize-winning Dutch poet, gives voice to Pablo Neruda’s only daughter, Malva, who was abandoned with a deformity in a Dutch orphanage where she died during WWII. Malva tries to discover an answer to the question of how Neruda, the flawless hero who stood up for the forgotten and trampled, could deny the existence of his own daughter. She asks Peeters, whose own father was a journalist in Chile at the moment Neruda died as well as a man who concealed the existence of his own daughter for the first eleven years of her life, to be her ghostwriter.
“It only takes half a page to realize that the poet Hagar Peeters is also a novelist of exceptional ability.” NRC Handelsblad 4-stars
“An incandescent and evocative debut.” – Trouw
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