Powerful and written in a solid voice, Pavel Brycz’s “I, City”is a book told from the perspective of the city itself. The book’s narrator is actually the city of Most in the Czech Republic; having watched its inhabitants through omnipresent eyes, the city tells us stories, gives us short glimpses into the lives of the dwellers of Most. While in many ways, the stories of the people could happen in any city, in Most the inhabitants are met with their own challenges – the challenges that occur while living in a city in decline. But the city seems sympathetic towards those who dwell within her walls, somewhat proud of their strength and resilience. We get to hover over the streets, sneak into the buildings, listen in on conversations, and thus get to know Most.
Each chapter is an appearance of new characters, offering the opportunity to observe a scene of life, which leaves one with the sensation of walking through a city invisible. Pavel Brycz understands how to say much with few words, giving a resonating power to each short chapter which presents a series of stunning impressions on the reader. Beautifully translated, the book flows effortlessly in English.
Originally written in Czech, “I, City” is the first of Pavel Brycz’s books to be translated into English. Published by Twisted Spoon Press of Prague, Czech Republic, the book was translated by Joshua Cohen and Marketa Hofmeisterova. I have a copy of “I, City” sent to me straight from Prague to give to one carp(e) libris reviews reader. The winner of this book is guaranteed a unique and beautiful book, not only in writing style but in its physical appearance as well. Ready to enter?
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