Three Faces of an Angel

by Jiří Pehe


Translated by Gerald Turner
Foreword by Dr Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, FRSC

“It strikes me that Josef Brehme lived in an epoch when time still proceeded in a straight line from the past to the future,” muses his grandson, the talented, handsome and cynical Alex Brehme in his diary in late 2001.

Three Faces of an Angel is a novel about the twentieth century that begins when time was linear and ended when the notion of progress was less well defined. The Brehmes’ story guides the reader through revolution, war, the holocaust, and ultimately exile and return. A novel about what man does to man and whether God intervenes.

With a foreword by Dr Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz, Professor Emerita in the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia.


Praise

…remarkable…”

— Václav Havel

…one of the most outstanding novels written in the Czech lands since 1989. A truly Central European novel with a universal message.”

— Ivan Klíma
Franz Kafka Prize-winning author

An unusual and powerful novel about the 20th century, the Holocaust in particular, but also about God.”

— Tomáš Halík
theology scholar, philosopher & recipient of the 2014 Templeton Prize

Amid piquant tableaux of sex, politics and philosophy in our near past, this ambitious, impressive book does not evade the great questions.”

— Stoddard Martin, The Jewish Chronicle

…an accomplished translation by Gerald Turner”

— Zuzana Slobodová, The Times Literary Supplement

…highly affecting and well-drawn…powerful…”

Kirkus Reviews

…a captivating three-generational Czech saga spanning the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to present day.”

— Virginia Parobek, World Literature Today

…a powerful novel, which unsettles us and asks questions which are not easy to answer. …[a] remarkable intellectual and artistic journey…”

— Josef Jařab
literary scholar & former President of the European Association of American Studies

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