Ballad of Descent

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Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
194 pages
Trim Size
4 3/4 x 8

Ballad of Descent

Martin Vopenka

Martin and Tomas leave Prague on Christmas Day for "that other country." Although their destination is the mountains, their departure has been initiated by a search for their own identity--people in their country have become alike, losing their individuality and becoming products of a totalitarian regime. The pair become the guests of a high school teacher, but Martin falls in love with the teacher's daughter only to lose her in a police suppression, and the Other Country is revealed as a merciless machine of oppression that throws its people into despair.

About the Author

Martin Vopenka was born in 1963 and studied nuclear and physical engineering at Prague's Charles University.  His first noovel, Kameny z hor (Rocks from the Mountains), was published in 1989.   
"Vopenka manages this material with a deft and compellingly simple control of sentences that is reminiscent of both Kafka and Kundera. The book is really superb, as is Bryson's translation." --Choice