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Seven days to the funeral

ISBN: 9788024656335
Format: Paperback
Publisher: *Karolinum Press, Charles Univer
Origin: CZ
Release Date: May, 2024

Book Details

A dissident’s deeply personal and unflinching view of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia in the wake of the 1968 invasion. Seven Days to the Funeral is the fictionalized memoir of Jan Rozner, a leading Slovak journalist, critic, dramaturg, and translator. Rozner and his wife Zora Jesenska were champions of the Prague Spring and were blacklisted after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. When Jesenska died in 1972, her funeral became a political event and attendees faced recriminations. A painstaking account of the week after his wife’s death, Seven Days to the Funeral is a historical record of the devastating impact of the period after the invasion. Through ruthless portraits of key figures in Slovak culture, the book provides a fascinating cultural history of Slovakia from 1945 to 1972. It is also a moving love story of an unlikely couple. Although Rozner began the book in 1976, it was left unfinished upon his death. The book was published posthumously in 2009 by his second wife Slava Roznerova.