The Opportune Moment, 1855 by Patrik Ouředník
A Novel (Czech Literature Series)

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The nineteenth-century founding of "free settlements" in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular Czech author Patrik Ouredník. Simultaneously satiric and philosophical, The Opportune Moment, 1855, opens with an Italian anarchist's missive to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe's latest and greatest advancements, from the Enlightenment to social reform to communist revolution. We then leap back in time half a century to the alternately somber and hilarious shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil with a motley, multinational band of idealists, to build a new society. A pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice, The Opportune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature's great provocateurs.


About Patrik Ouředník

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Patrik Ou?edník was born in Prague, but immigrated to France in 1984 where he still lives. He is the author of twlve books, including fiction, essays, and poems. He is also the Czech translator of novels, short stories, and plays from such writers as François Rabelais, Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, Samuel Beckett, and Boris Vian. He has received a number of literary awards for his writing, including the Czech Literary Fund Award. Alex Zucker’s translation of Ja?chym Topol’s City Sister Silver (2000) was selected for inclusion in the 2006 guide 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. He lives in Brooklyn.
Published April 14, 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press. 136 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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