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Egon Bondy: Invalidna sorojenca

Egon Bondy
Invalidna sorojenca
Translated by Tatjana Jamnik
Afterword by Martin Machovec
Revision by Iztok Osojnik and Viktor Škedelj Renčelj
280 pages
Format: 130x200 mm
Published by KUD Police Dubove
Year of publication: 2017
Series: Solaris, 4
ISBN 978-961-93732-8-6
ISBN 978-961-7020-27-4 (epub)
Retail price: 24,90 €
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The novel Invalid Siblings, which takes place in the year 2600, exists on the borderline between utopia and dystopia. In this novel Egon Bondy coined the term “second culture” (Czechoslovakian underground subculture), an archipelago of intellectuals and artists who were relegated to the social margin and described by the rulers as “invalids.”

The narrator, 20-year-old Vera, feels caught in joyless isolation. Her outside reality is a threat and the capitol city of Prague appears to be a “glass metropolis, devoid of people” submerged in a flood. The floating metropolis is one of the signs of the looming apocalypse. Bondy’s use of carnivalisation and dark humor are references to the invasion of “allied armies” in Czechoslovakia in 1968. A means to an end is the final realization of Huxley’s Brave New World – the annihilation of everyone. But even this becomes an object of Bondy’s incessant irony and derision.

Invalid Siblings is fantastic writing in the sense that it exceeds the boundaries of pure realism (Bondy´s term: “total realism”). Bondy is a writer who employed the themes of science fiction to expose the foibles of contemporary society, to promulgate his prodemocratic, anti-totalitarian rhetoric, and to outline his relativist philosophy. 

(From Michal Hvorecký: Fantasy and Reality, International Writing Program Archive of Residents' Work, University of Iowa, 2004)

The Slovenian edition was published in the frame of cultural project which is co-funded by Slovenian Book Agency.
The translation was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic.


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