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Peter PiÅ¡t'anekâ€™s reputation is assured by Rivers of Babylon and by its hero, the most mesmerizing character of Slovak literature, RÃ¡cz, an idiot of genius, a psychopathic gangster. RÃ¡cz and Rivers of Babylon tell the story of a Central Europe, where criminals, intellectuals and ex-secret policemen have infiltrated a new â€˜democracyâ€™. Slovaks see Peter PiÅ¡t'anek as their most flamboyant and fearless writer, stripping the nation of its myths and false self-esteem. The novel has been translated by Peter Petro of British Columbia University, in collaboration with the author .
William Boyd (The Guardian): an astonishing findâ€¦ fuelled with formidable energy and ice-cool satire. It displays a fierce black humour that is both ruthless and exhilarating.
Tibor Fischer (The Telegraph): the best fiction I've read on the â€˜wild westâ€™ period
Johnny le Falbe (Literary Review): fast and very funnyâ€¦ translation is excellent
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Book Description Garnett Press, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0953587843
Book Description Garnett Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0953587843