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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846274176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846274176
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Topol is seen by critics and readers as the definitive writer of the post-Communism era in Prague, as a voice of transition from Marx to market - Boyd Tonkin, "Independent"

Topol writes sincerely, passionately - Cees Nooteboom --Independent

The Devil's Workshop touches on a rawer nerve. Topol's critique of the Holocaust Industry is, intellectually at least, his most sophisticated. Zucker, who translated The Devil's Workshop, does a remarkably fine job of conveying Topol s idiosyncratic slang and suggestions of dialect without resorting to affectation. Zucker has brought both sides of Topol, his irony and his sincerity, to us intact. --Quarterly Conversation

Humour so treacly black it almost chokes you. --Guardian

Horrible, repelling, unusual, and very very good ... Throughout The Devil's Workshop Topol doesn t put a foot wrong. The timing is brilliant, the deadpan narration takes us from horror to kitsch and back again, a little bit of black comedy and zeitgeist commentary along the way, a whiff of the fantastic even though the subject couldn't be more real. Here he has created something very original, whilst also managing to make the horrors of history relevant to the present day. --Bookmunch

Tautly written, pacey and provocative. Shifting from comic to tragic and back again at the turn of a page, The Devil's Workshop is an accomplished and highly assured novel from a writer going from strength to strength and fully deserving of his growing reputation. --New Internationalist

Blending fact and fiction, Topol's darkly comic novel, lucidly translated by Alex Zucker, is a hard-hitting exploration of two nations bedevilled by past horrors. --Independent

'The Devil's Workshop is full of Gothic horror that frightens you to your senses and makes you pay attention to history and its very real scars' --Irish Times

About the Author

JACHYM TOPOL is an award-winning writer who was famous in his youth as an underground poet, songwriter and journalist, and now for writing books that have most successfully and imaginatively captured the dislocation brought about by the fall of Communism. His novels include Gargling with Tar (Portobello, 2010), and Nightworks (forthcoming). The Devil's Workshop won the 2013 English PEN Award for Writing in Translation.


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