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Everyday Spooks

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Prague-born Karel Michal (1932–84) lived a significant part of his adult life under Czechoslovakia’s oppressive communist regime. Prevented from studying at the university as a young man, he fruitlessly cycled through a number of professions before finally turning to writing in the early 1960s. Michal’s works—which include detective fiction, historical novels, short storie ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Karolinum Press, Charles University (first published January 1st 1962)
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This delightfully quirky book of supernatural short tales was originally published in 1961. In each story, ordinary Czech citizens (living under communism) encounter supernatural beings, with unexpected results. A few of the supernatural creatures are ordinary ghosts, a few others are specifically Czech entities, and the rest (for example the non-decaying dead cat that speaks in the second person) are presumably the author's complete invention. The setting (post-Stalin Communist Czechoslovakia) ...more
this was a nice book to handle. A small, firmly bound hardcover, with a little ribbon attached for marking your place. It had illustrations too, but I didn't think they were so hot.
Michal reads a lot like Karel Capek. Clever stories to reveal the cultural and psychological workings of humanity. In Everyday Spooks, written in the 1960s, Michal uses tales of supernatural occurrences to not only reveal the flaws in humanity but to also poke at the "ordered" regimented socialist Czech society. These
Ukázka, která mluví za vše:
"Co tu děláte," zeptal se štábní kapitán.
"Straším," odvětil duch hlasem větru, skučícího mezi trámy šibenice, "to vidí každý vůl."
Usually I don't read books like this. But it was funny, I liked it.
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Vlastním jménem Pavel Buksa. První manžel spisovatelky Violy Fischerové (v r. 1993 vydala sbírku Zádušní básně za Pavla Buksu). – Narodil se v rodině lékaře. Po maturitě na gymnáziu (1951) rok příležitostně pracoval jako kovodělník, přidavač u zedníků, vedoucí geometr stavby hutí. 1952 začal studovat na Lékařské fakultě UK, po sedmi semestrech však studia opustil. Před nástupem základní vojenské s ...more
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