Devil by the Nose (2005)

A já pořád kdo to tluče (2005)

A já pořád kdo to tluče (2005)

A JÁ POŘÁD KDO TO TLUČE
(A DEVIL BY THE NOSE)

A dark comedy. A novel. 178 pages. Published by Petrov 2005. A supplement of 9 photos by Eva Fuka and an afterword by Michal Jareš. Design by Bedřich Vémola. Launch ceremony: Obratník café, Prague. Launched by Jitka Schneiderová, David Radok, Jiří Ornest. 2nd edition: 2012, published by Druhé město.

Extract (translated by Andrew Oakland) »

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Aging star theatre director Petr Buch returns to Prague after decades in German exile to stage a keenly anticipated new play by celebrated playwright Birgit Stadtherrová. As lines in the play reawaken painful memories from his past, Buch – whose father had been a feared secret police interrogator in the 1950s – is anxious to meet the writer and find out how she discovered his darkest secret.

Pragmatic theatre dramaturg Klamová uses every trick in the book to placate the increasingly impatient Buch and entice the neurotic Birgit out of her seclusion. She enlists the playwright’s self-sacrificing, sweet-natured stepsister Johanka but Birgit stubbornly refuses to come to the theatre, switching off her phone and reliving her traumatic childhood and abuse suffered at the hands of her cruel mother. Will the two protagonists ever meet? Will the ill-fated play ever open?

Radka Denemarková, herself a playwright who had also worked as dramaturg at the famous Theatre on the Balustrade in Prague, channels her own experience of the theatre to depict the agonies suffered by creative artists, debunk the cult of star directors and poke fun at petty rivalries among prima donna actors. Their shenanigans are juxtaposed with the painstaking work of hard-working staff behind the scenes whose empathy and patient diplomatic efforts gently steer the creative chaos to a triumphant opening night.

AWARDS

2005 Europäisches Festival des Debütromans (European Festival of Novel Debuts) in Kiel, Germany.

FOREIGN EDITIONS

REVIEWS (CZECH). A JÁ POŘÁD KDO TO TLUČE

REVIEWS (FOREIGN). A JÁ POŘÁD KDO TO TLUČE

RADIO

  • A já pořád kdo to tluče. Reading serial, ČRo 3 Vltava, broadcasted 26. – 30. 5. 2005. (Directed by Miroslav Zelinský, read by Gabriela Mikulková, a member of the Moravian and Silesian National Theatre.)
  • Český rozhlas Olomouc (Czech Radio Olomouc) in the frame of the broadcast Meetings with literature: one hour broadcast from the book A já pořád kdo to tluče (directed by Michal Bureš. Performed by Ivana Plíhalová, Dita Mandová – Vojnarová, Hana Lančíková, Marek Zahradníček, Radko Choc, Evelyn Čapková – Pacoláková a další). Broadcasted: 1. 6. 2005.