Spaceman of Bohemia (Paperback)
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Published: 08/02/2018
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Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2018

‘With its interplanetary shenanigans and lessons in Czech history, this zany satirical debut is bursting at the seams… Spaceman of Bohemia should win many fans. It’s Solaris with laughs.’ – The Guardian

Set in the near-distant future, Spaceman follows a Czech astronaut as he launches into space to investigate a mysterious dust cloud covering Venus, a suicide mission sponsored by a proud nation.

Suddenly a world celebrity, Jakub's marriage starts to fail as the weeks go by, and his sanity comes into question. After his mission is derailed he must make a violent decision that will force him to come to terms with his family's dark political past.

Ranging from daring space epic to fast-paced thriller, this is a startlingly talented debut from a bold new voice in science fiction. Packed full of ideas it explores nationhood, history and family loyalty, offering an extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist - and risk everything - in the name of love and home.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781473639997
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A superb debut - Sam Kitchener, Literary Review

Dizzyingly inventive, alternately lyrical, earthy, silly and sad. - Kathryn Murphy, TLS

A frenetically imaginative first effort, booming with vitality and originality . . . Kalfar's voice is distinct enough to leave tread marks . . . He has such a lively mind and so many ideas to explore . . . Kalfar has an exhilarating flair for imagery . . . He writes boisterously and mordantly - Jennifer Senior, New York Times

[An] excellent debut . . . This book could mark the launch of an astronomical career - James Marriott, The Times

Reading Spaceman of Bohemia reminded me of the thrill of unearthing Everything is Illuminated from the mound of entries to the Guardian First Book Prize - Claire Armitstead, Guardian

A joyfully intellectual book; the whole narrative could be read as a dream, as a clever paradigm in ways that resonate with David Mitchell. - Ruth McKee, Irish Times

This wonderful debut is a fine addition to the tradition of eastern European émigré writers [Vladimir Nabokov and, more recently, Gary Shteyngart and Aleksandar Hemon] producing dazzling fiction in English, their second language. - Metro

An incredible experience . . . I can honestly say I loved every page. Every sentence. Spaceman of Bohemia is unforgettable: a work of breathtaking scope and heart, and a reflection of humanity that's raw and strange and profound and true. - Lisa McInerney, Baileys-prize-winning author of The Glorious Heresies

A hauntingly beautiful story of solitude, hope, family, and love that transcends, uplifts, carries the reader away. - Dinaw Mengestu, author of ALL OUR NAMES

Spaceman of Bohemia represents the fiery, funny launch of an exciting new voice. Jaroslav Kalfar, like a good literary astronaut, finds levity in gravity, and vice versa. - Sam Lipsyte, New York Times bestselling author of The Ask

Spaceman of Bohemia is an out-of-this-world look at all our beautiful smallnesses, from the cells of our biology to the bacterial minutiae of one broken heart. The roar of revolution and governmental injustice is cast against the depths of our emotions and the bottomless, grateful silence of the stars. Jaroslav Kalfar has spun an unforgettable tale, a poignant interplanetary work that collapses the distance between us with the beauty of its language and the unstoppable wonder of this universe he's created. - Samantha Hunt, author of Mr. Splitfoot

Spaceman of Bohemia is the best, most enjoyably heartbreaking, most fun book you'll read this year. On the surface, you'll see affinities with Gary Shteyngart, with The Martian, with Kelly Link. But Jaroslav Kalfar's voice is entirely his own. I beg you: take this strange, hilarious, profound, life-affirming trip into literary outer space. - Darin Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award winner for Half a Life

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“Wonderful scifi novel about life, death and the Czech Republic”

This is a rather unusual, but excellent scifi story that has you gripped from the first pages. It deals with so many big themes: national identity; changing societal norms; contracts between individuals and between... More

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“Spaceman of Bohemia - Proof Review ”

A beautiful, heart breaking debut novel.
Kalfar sets up a striking, lonely world in the present and a deep, difficult world in the past.
While the style of writing is heavy and not for light reading, it is stunning... More

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“Space Oddity”

I spent the early part of this year glued to this book - really loved it. Brilliant philosophy, with an accessible, compelling plot. A unique combination of content and style - Part Unbearable Lightness, part... More

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