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A maid who is unexpectedly left her wealthy employers’ worldly possessions, when they flee the country after the Nazi occupation; a loyal bank clerk, who steals a Renaissance portrait of a Spanish noblewoman, and falls into troublesome love with her; a middle-aged travel agent, who is perhaps the least well-travelled man in the city and advises his clients from what he has read in books, anxiously awaits his looming honeymoon; a widowed villager, whose ‘magnetic’ (or perhaps ‘crazy’) twelve-year-old daughter witnesses a disturbing event; and a tiny village thrown into civil war by the disappearance of a freshly baked cheesecake – these stories about the tremendous upheaval which results when the ordinary encounters the unexpected are vividly told, with both humour and humanity.

ISBN: 9781782272397 Author: Urzidil, Johannes Publisher: Pushkin Press Publication Date: 2nd March 2017 Imprint: Pushkin Press Cover: Paperback Dewey: 833.914 (edition:23) Pages: 189 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A maid who is unexpectedly left her wealthy employers’ worldly possessions, when they flee the country after the Nazi occupation; a loyal bank clerk, who steals a Renaissance portrait of a Spanish noblewoman, and falls into troublesome love with her; a middle-aged travel agent, who is perhaps the least well-travelled man in the city and advises his clients from what he has read in books, anxiously awaits his looming honeymoon; a widowed villager, whose ‘magnetic’ (or perhaps ‘crazy’) twelve-year-old daughter witnesses a disturbing event; and a tiny village thrown into civil war by the disappearance of a freshly baked cheesecake – these stories about the tremendous upheaval which results when the ordinary encounters the unexpected are vividly told, with both humour and humanity. This is the first ever English publication of these both literally and metaphorically enchanting Bohemian tales, by one of the great overlooked writers of the twentieth century.

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