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The Year of the Frog by Martin M. Simecka

Set in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in the 1980s, Martin Simecka's
stunning first novel, The Year of the Frog, portrays a young
man struggling to come to terms with his circumstances in the
last days of communist dictatorship. Milan, the son of a former
party official now imprisoned for dissident activities, is barred
from the university despite the fact that he is a brilliant student
and an extraordinary runner. Forced to work, Milan takes a
series of menial jobs -- first as a surgical orderly in a hospital,
next as a clerk in an under-stocked hardware store, lastly as
an assistant in a maternity hospital for both births and
abortions -- all of which serve to break open his life.

Two great passions save him from the bleakness of his
everyday existence: long-distance running, and his love for
Tania, a beautiful university student from whom he seeks
salvation and ultimately marries. The Year of the Frog is a
coming-of-age story, a romance, and a novel which poses
important questions about life and death, about love and
freedom, faithfulness and infidelity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684813677
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 06/13/1996
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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