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The Opportune Moment, 1855 (Czech Literature) (Czech Literature Series) Paperback – 26 Jul 2011


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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (26 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785961
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,270,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have been presented with a small gem of humor that confirms the originality of this Czech novelist. --Epok

Deliciously Voltairean. --Libération

Patrik Ouredník handles satire with the mastery of a Chinese executioner carving up his victim: behold the enormity of ideological idiocy. --Le Magazine Littéraire

Deliciously Voltairean. --Libération

Patrik Ouredník handles satire with the mastery of a Chinese executioner carving up his victim: behold the enormity of ideological idiocy. --Le Magazine Littéraire

About the Author

Patrik Ouredník 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 Jáchym 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.

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Hmmmmm..... 17 April 2013
By Buddha Baby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read little "literature" so take this review with a grain of salt.  The topic of anarchy was impossible for me to resist.  I also have previously read nothing by a Czech author and am wanting to expand my horizons, so this seemed perfect.

As it turns out, I had no idea what I was getting into.  I must say however, that the timing was perfect, following upon my reading of [Is It Utopia Yet?] and [How to Understand Israel in 60 Days], both of which address community living and forming new governments.  The writing style was new to me.  The first part was a letter to a former lover, not a new style but the not knowing who or what he was talking to or about was interesting.  The second part of the book was a diary or journal of the experience of the character's journey on a ship to Brazil where he wanted to set up a new free community.  I would call it more stream of consciousness writing.  The journey itself is where the divergent groups onboard had discussions and meetings about how they would proceed when they arrived in Brazil.  They were joined together  in the idea of a new and free community, and separated by their ideas about how to accomplish that.  So, this is a journey of examining theory and making decisions about application of those theories. It made my head hurt. I wanted them to stop talking.  I could relate too closely to their struggle.  I'm one of those types who would speculate forever and discuss forever, until someone decisive moves in and makes you vote, thus the headache.  

There are multiple endings presented, none of which I personally found satisfactory, especially after reading Utopia with the story of the successful Twin Oaks community.

Here is how I perceive the writing.  It is a brilliant piece of writing that uses the stream of consciousness style because that is what illustrates how these characters were thinking.  Ourednik writes a piece of fiction that specifically addresses most of the issues that arise in this type of situation where people are thinking about these issues and trying to act.  He interweaves scenarios that would naturally occur when people attempt to do this kind of analysis and action and work together.

And now I will stop this confused writing because my head is hurting.
Pretty Decent Book 14 April 2015
By readlikeastorm - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book. It can be a bit confusing at the beginning because he sort of goes on a rant about a woman, but once you dive into the journal entries it starts to make more sense. Not a bad read.
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