A World Apart and Other Stories

Czech Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle

Edited and Translated by Kathleen Hayes

A World Apart and Other Stories

Edited and Translated by Kathleen Hayes

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

204 pages | 5 x 7 1/2
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024647333 Will Publish September 2021 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
A collection of short stories by Czech women from the turn of the twentieth century.

A World Apart brings together translations of eight stories by Czech women from the turn of the twentieth century—a period of female political emancipation and impressive literary development in Czechoslovakia. Though they’re little known to an English-language public today, all of the writers featured in the book were recognized in their own day and constitute a cross-section of the literary styles of the period. Anna Maria Tilschová’s “A Sad Time” is written in a naturalist style, while Růžena Jesenská’s “A World Apart” presents themes and motifs that appealed to the Decadents. Helena Malířová’s “The Sylph” is both diaristic and satirical, whereas Růžena Svobodová’s ironical “A Great Passion,” with its rural setting and folklore motifs, calls to mind the writings of Karel Jaromír Erben. Gabriela Preissová’s short story “Eva” may be read as a celebration of folk culture, and  Božena Benešová’s “Friends” is interesting for its psychological presentation of a child’s point of view and its implicit criticism of anti-Semitism. The book is accompanied by the biographies of each author and an introduction by editor and translator Kathleen Hayes.
 
Contents
INTRODUCTION

FRIENDS
Božena Benešová

A WORLD APART
Ružena Jesenská

MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER
Marie Majerová

THE SYLPH
Helena Malírová

EVA
Gabriela Preissová

THE TREAD OF FATE
Jirí Sumín

A GREAT PASSION
Ružena Svobodová

A SAD TIME
Anna Maria Tilschová
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