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The Doll is Tomin's first novel. Set in Europe, the book focuses on three couples in search of transcendence, interweaving their stories. At the center are two children, Cathy and Thomas, who travel to Spain to erect the largest doll in the world a symbol of aspiration that diminishes as the work progresses. Grotesque descriptions of sex and drunkenness help illustrate a belief in the futility of any attempt to find a worthwhile goal. The book employs French and Spanish as well as English to create a dreamlike atmosphere that incorporates Tomin's attachment to mysticism.
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I wouldn't even call it a novel, I'd call it a book.About the Author:
Born in Prague in 1963, Tomin spent his adolescence in the dissident community of the 1970s. Denied access to secondary education at age fifteen, he took part in the numerous underground seminars and exchanges that characterized opposition life and had his first works published in samizdat. In 1980 his family emigrated to England where he studied at the University of London. From 1985 to 1987 Tomin alternately lived in Paris, where he wrote The Doll, London and Montreal. In 1991 he returned to Prague where he resided until his death in 1995, regularly contributing to Czech literary periodicals and journals.
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