This Side of Reality: Modern Czech Writing: Contemporary Czech Writing (Modern Short Stories) Paperback – 15 May 1996
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About the Author
Alexandra Buchler left her native Prague in 1978 for Greece, Australia and the UK and she now lives in Scotland. Her other work includes the translation of David Malouf's An Imaginary Life and of contemporary Australia and Scottish short stories.
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The other selections make me wonder if editors feel compelled to include all of their long-neglected authorial friends in these anthologies. When so many writers have admittedly suffered under totalitarianism and have been limited to samizdat clandestine exposure for decades, it sounds mean to begrudge them a wider audience. And many may not have had the luxury of being enriched by what Western readers could for forty years of the post-WW2 years. I don't mean to patronize, but the rest of the volume does not stand up to the selections I've noted. Topol's novel that followed this anthology, however, confirms him as the first major post-1989 figure in Czech fiction, and I hope that others will follow his formidable but dazzling path soon.