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 styleor, 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.
About the Author
Vladislav Vančura (1891-1942) was one of the most important Czech writers of the twentieth century. He was also active as a film director, playwright, and screenwriter. Mark Corner is a translator, author, and lecturer in religious and European studies who lives and works in Brussels.
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Summer of Caprice
a novel by Vladislav Vančura, translated by Mark Corner