The Wicker Chairs

Dominik Tatarka

Bartolomej Slzička, the narrator, finds himself on studies in Paris, he meets miss Daniela, foreigners and expatriates, diplomats, city ...

Narrator Bartolomej Slzička from no man´s land, that is from Czechoslovakia years 1938 and 1939, finds himself for the studies in Paris, France, falls in love with Daniela, with who he lives through the romantic moments, like sitting in the wicker chairs of the cafes. All, however, revolves around the current debates on the fate of Czechoslovakia after 1938.

Tatarka´s authentic experience of a simple young man captivated by the big world combines in the book with the unrivaled literary gift to capture reality in its immediate miracle. Wicker chairs are a charming call for understanding, for contact, for the ability to understand the alien, different world. And with love, which Tatarka understands as a human desire to live for each other, is this ability of people to give themselves to the others the second highest deity.

Dominik Tatarka (1913 — 1989)

Tatarka`s basic feelings are loneliness and anxiety face-to-face with himself, God and the world as a whole. Man is uprooted, he is no longer part of the community or the nation and therefore has no way of neutralizing his occasional feelings of lonelines Tatarka`s first books are collections of novellas expressing and reflecting his personal experiences during the late 1930`s and early 1940`s. The Miraculous Virgin is a surreal vision of love which is also a sound protest against Fascism. ... More.