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Spaceman of Bohemia - by Jaroslav Kalfar (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Literary

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Back Bay Books

Author: Jaroslav Kalfar

Language: English

Street Date: February 20, 2018
TCIN: 53066592
UPC: 9780316273442
Item Number (DPCI): 248-52-9810

Description

"A frenetically imaginative first effort, booming with vitality and originality . . . Kalfar's voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks."-Jennifer Senior, New York Times
Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's 2017 First Novel Prize
New York Times Book Review
Editors' Choice
Best New Fiction -- Wall Street Journal

An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.

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