Jan Kresadlo GraveLarks

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Set in Stalinist-era Central Europe, GraveLarks is a triumphant intellectual thriller navigating the fragile ambiguity between sado-masochism, black humor, political satire, murder, and hope. Zderad, a noble misfit, investigates a powerful party figure in 1950s Czechoslovakia. His struggle against blackmail, starvation, and betrayal leaves him determined to succeed where others have failed and died. This extended edition includes critical texts and analyses with illustrations by Jan Pinkava, Oscar-winning animator. GraveLarks is a fictionalized account of the life of French troubadour poet Villon set in 1950s Stalinist Czechoslovakia. The vagabond and ""bohemian"" Villon is transposed into the vagabond intellectual and ""bohemian"" Zderad. Singing, drinking, deviant sex, and blackmail ensue. The author and publisher Josef Skvorecky described the text as ""the most original, shocking, truthful, and artistically very interesting works of contemporary Czech fiction.""

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Jan Kresadlo(1926-1995) was the pseudonym chosen by Dr Vaclav Jaroslav Karel Pinkava, a Czech emigre psychologist who settled in Britain with his wife and four children after the 1968 invasion of his native Czechoslovakia. He worked as a clinical psychologist in Colchester until his early retirement in 1982, when he turned to full-time writing. GraveLarks, his first novel, was originally published by Josef Skvorecky's emigre publishing house `68 Publishers in Toronto. Pinkava was also active in choral music and mathematical logic discovering the many-valued logic algebra which bears his name.

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Winner of the 1984 Egon Hastovsky prize; 'GraveLarks successfully employs Menippean satire, characterized by a fragmented narrative, frequent shifts of stylistic register and point of view, and the wish to lampoon not so much an individual but a general state of mind ... Needless to say, the novel's relevance is not limited to a specific time and place' - Andrei Rogatchevski, The Times Literary Supplement; 'GraveLarks is a quite remarkable novel - a lot of fun even, despite the sour accompanying taste. This is a wonderfully lively text, and while Kresadlo bashes the system of those times he treats it as an aberration that should be examined and understood and not simply ignored or glossed over. A fascinating work, in many respects, and a very good novel.' - M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review; 'A complex torrent of black humour mixed with rollicking slapstick clowning, of sexual exploitation mixed with warm family love, of sharp, pointed, observations mixed with bizarre and fantastic episodes reminiscent of Meyrink and Kafka.' - John Howard, Wormwood; 'Original, shocking, truthful' - Josef Skvorecky, prize-winning novelist, publisher, academic; 'The greatest post-war Czech writer' - Peter Pistanek, prize-winning novelist and cognac connoisseur

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