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Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Summer of Caprice

Summer of Caprice, a captivating comic novel first published in 1926, is a classic of Czech literature, yet it is little known elsewhere. Commonly considered untranslatable due to the complexities of the text, which is characterized by a playful narrative and an exceptional mastery of language, and its profound cultural context, it is rendered here in English that beautifully captures Vladislav Vančura’s experimental style—or, as the author himself called it, his “poetism in prose.” Mixing the archaic with the innovative, raw colloquialisms with biblical quotations, Summer of Caprice opens an uproarious window onto the Czech spirit, humor, and way of life.

204 pages | 8 color plates, 90 line drawings | 5 x 7 | © 2006

Modern Czech Classics



“Just as scattered rays converge in a single golden strand in the lens of a magnifying glass, Vančura's creative endeavors converge in a single, undivided stream.”

Milan Kundera, praise for Vancura's writing

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Summer of Caprice
a novel by Vladislav Vančura, translated by Mark Corner

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