David Drahonínský, Veronika Macková: I am a golden cripple
The book is the personal confession of six-time Paralympic medalist David Drahonínský, who lived like any other boy until the age of 16. However, in 1999, under the influence of sleepwalking, he fell from the balcony and seriously injured his spine, spleen and liver. After spending several months in the hospital and the Kladruby Rehabilitation Institute, he ended up in a wheelchair. Despite a difficult life situation, he managed to bounce back from the bottom, graduate from college and become a top archer who holds several medals, including six from the Paralympic Games (two gold, three silver, one bronze), and two world records.
Gate, 200 pages, CZK 359
Benjamin Stevenson: Everyone in my family has killed someone
Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the highly successful ones, have even killed more than once. I don’t want to dramatize it, but it’s true.
Some of us are good, some are bad, and some are just plain unfortunate. I’m Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I could kill whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it’s a little more complicated than that.
Caliber, 368 pages, CZK 459
Andrea Rourke: When Bowie Died
Lenka Kastnerová is caught in a vicious circle of bad decisions. The monotonous existence, consisting of selling an inconvenient internet connection in a medium-sized call center during the day and drinking too much at night, is disturbed only by the death of her idol David Bowie. He decides to guide his childhood idol through the afterlife with the help of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. When she ends up in custody, her father offers to settle the debts she has racked up for her one last time. Unless, of course, she goes to the so-called high-vibration camp and tries to fix herself there.
List, 2562 pages, 329 CZK
Dalibor Boubín: Own law
Maybe you know them too – arrogant bastards, masked psychopaths, people who revel in the suffering of others. They think they are safe. That no one knows about them, that the laws are toothless and at worst they buy impunity. After all, they have acquaintances and money from it! But they have no idea that sometimes they are not the biggest predator, and that sometimes you, their victims, can buy justice with money. Brutal, fast and unexpected.
Laser, 256 pages, CZK 299
Martin Brabec: Forgotten destinies, crimes and secrets of World War II
Forgotten destinies, unsolved crimes and secrets that are still waiting to be revealed. With the help of experienced historians, researchers and eyewitnesses, publicist Martin Brabec searches through archival documents, finds ancient and contemporary testimonies and reconstructs stories connected to Bohemia and the Second World War.
It recalls, for example, the megalomaniac plans to rebuild Prague into a Nazi city of the future, it describes the dramatic fates of the famous general Ludvík Krejčí or the puppeteer Josef Skupa, whose plays with Spejbl and Hurvínek were under the scrutiny of the intelligence service.
Universum, 288 pages, CZK 399
Zara MP Cole: The Last Night
Juliet, Princess of Caspian, was raised to hate the vampires that, according to her father, plague the region there. But is it really so? During the Ride of Honor, a ritual hunt that is part of her initiation, she encounters one of the vampires. She won’t kill him, but neither will he kill her. On the contrary, she learns from him a completely different version of history than the one that was instilled in her, and only confusion grows in her head.
Unexpected events turn Julia’s life upside down and there is no turning back. The battle begins. Will she trust her father or Gabriel, the leader of the vampire clan?
Pointa, 312 pages, CZK 399
Tereza Marková: Transience
Lara is a seventeen-year-old popular girl who has everything at first glance. He lives in a luxurious house of rich parents, has many friends and his boyfriend René, who is the idol of many girls. Her best friend, newly eighteen-year-old Lily, lives somewhat in her shadow. But that’s where she’s at her best. She is willing to do anything for her. Maybe faking Lara’s death together.
Pointa, 120 pages, 279 CZK
Lydia Millet: We lived in a summer country then
A group of children and teenagers spend an involuntary vacation with their families in a sprawling lake house. While parents kill the days in alcohol and sexual intoxication, children and adolescents are aware of the growing frustration. When a devastating storm hits the area and the entire world finds itself on the brink of climate collapse, they decide to escape and seek refuge in a wild apocalyptic landscape. The scenes behind the walls of the summer house resemble scenes from a children’s picture Bible with terrifying accuracy, and the generational dispute takes on a new dimension: on one side are the adults who passively watch the fall of the old world, and on the other, those who will have to live in the new reality.
Vyšehrad, 200 pages, CZK 349
Jan Štifter: Café Groll
The prose of the successful author, like most of his books, takes place in České Budějovice, this time in 1920, when a young doctor is given the task of medical supervision of light girls and gets to know their lives. He starts a relationship with one of them, the beautiful Anna Václavíková from the renowned Café Groll in Kasárenská street. As always with Jan Štifter, his prose moves between different time periods, maintaining an atmosphere of tension and mystery while at the same time presenting touching human stories.
Vyšehrad, 160 pages, 299 CZK
Jaroslav Foglar: It rains a little all day – Committee from diaries 1920-1937
The Scout Foundation of Jaroslav Foglar prepared together with the Albatros publishing house a selection of Foglar’s diaries from 1920-1937 entitled It rains a little all day. The publication represents a unique opportunity to look into the author’s life and get to know him in a way that readers have not yet known from any biography or from his own books. In addition to a unique insight into Foglar’s everyday life, as he experienced it and recorded it in his diary, the volume also brings unique visual material: a number of photographs, period posters and excerpts from chronicles and magazines to which the writer contributed. In the next six years, three more volumes of diaries from 1938-1948 should be published, covering Foglar’s most creative period.
Albatross, 584 pages, 599 CZK
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