meaning in the contemporary world is a very funny and always disturbing
adventure. -- American Book Review
Gothic sleazefest, menstrual fantasy, dime-store pulp fiction... a
collage of a collage of a collage, a dream of a dream, an important
early-century surrealist novel. -- New York Press
Somewhere between the existential fables of Franz Kafka and the
macabre animations of Jan Svankmajer ... reminded me of a hyperactive
Hammer Horror film as directed by Louis Bunuel. -- The Absinthe Literary Review
The work is a fantastic romp through a field of surreal visions
and juxtaposed imagery. -- Slavic and East European Journal
In his Foreword Nezval states: "I wrote this novel out of a love of the mystique in those ancient tales, superstitions and romances, printed in Gothic script, which used to flit before my eyes and declined to convey to me their content." Part fairy tale, part Gothic horror, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a meditation on youth and age, sexuality and death — an exploration of the grotesque that juxtaposes high and low genres, with shifting registers of language and moods that was a trademark of the Czech avant-garde. The 1970 film version is considered one of the outstanding achievements of Czech new-wave cinema.
This Kindle edition includes a single illustration from the first edition's original six..