A powerful and moving novel about one man's final, fatal, heroic act of resistance in Nazi France
When a Czech engineer arrives in Paris in 1939, he cannot know that three years later he will be in hiding, confined to the damp, dark cellar of a French doctor. Alone with his memories, he writes to his "dearest Hanichka", confessing everything: the hope of a love affair for which he travelled to Paris, the discovery of the German warrant for his arrest, and the murder he was forced to commit.
A claustrophobic classic of Czech literature, The Hideout is one man's last love letter to his wife. As he contends with his failing eyesight and the loss of his teeth, so too must he grapple with the guilt of leaving his family and the dwindling hope of ever returning home.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 165 x 120 mm
A superb writer Milan Kundera The Hideout is important as an encouraging example of a new spiritual trend in European literature Free World A remarkable novel... As absorbing reading it matches any popular novel, yet it does so without the customary devices The New Masses Hostovsky delights in discoveries of the depths and oddities, the strange courses and subtle transformations of human souls... A forceful language rich in images adds to the pleasure of reading Saturday Review Whether charting transient freedom in Paris, "city of light rustlings, of sweetly secret speech, of blue grayness", or chronicling inner turmoil, this overlooked classic is both beautiful and intense Glasgow Herald Hostovsky (The Arsonist), a Jewish Czech writer and distant relative of Stefan Zweig, explores madness, heroism, and salvation in this intense, dreamlike novella... This captivating novella dramatizes one man's existential conflict within the larger, worldwide conflagration Publishers Weekly A dark firecracker of a book... tantalisingly knitting together the philosophical novel, the existential thriller, the spy romance and the noir war story... a real find Bookanista