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The Year of the Frog
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 brill ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 13th 1996 by Touchstone Books
(first published 1985)
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Dig the book. It's written in pretty plain prose, and if you get the Peter Petro translation it reads pretty smoothly. It's basically a tale about a young Czech man named Milan in love with a girl who studies at a university. He can't go to university himself because his father was a communist, and the Czech police are in effect making him pay for his father's sins. In attempting to deal with his frustration, he gets married, trades jobs, ends up in prison, has an affair...the whole nine yards. ...more
I don't know whether I loved this book or hated it. The slender story line revolves around a young man in Bratislava, Milan, during the 1980's when then-Czechoslovakia was still under Communist rule. Milan's father is an anti-communist sympathizer, and this causes Milan, a brilliant student, to be excluded from secondary school and university. Because it is the law that everyone must work, he takes a series of low-paid, low-status jobs. When not working, he spends his time running - the running ...more
Martin M. Simecka is a Slovak author and journalist. His novel The Year of the Frog has been translated to English, French and Dutch.More about Martin M. Šimečka...