Summer of Caprice

Vladislav Vancura

Summer of Caprice
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Vladislav Vancura

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

Translated by Mark Corner
204 pages | 8 color plates, 90 line drawings | 5 x 7 | © 2006
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9788024611952 Published May 2006 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
Summer of Caprice, a winning comic novel first published in 1926, is a classic of Czech writing, yet it is little known elsewhere. This may be due to the complexities of the text, which is characterized by a playful narrative, an exceptional mastery of language, and a layered meta-textual context that has only become richer over the decades.
Mark Corner has rendered this exceptional work in an English translation that beautifully captures Vladislav Vancura’s experimental style—or, as the author himself called it, “poetism in prose.” This translation is presented alongside the original illustrations and typography, and goes a long way toward deepening our understanding of the Czech spirit, humor, and way of life.  
Summer of Caprice
a novel by Vladislav Vančura, translated by Mark Corner
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