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The Dead Guest (13 mystic stories from German classic)

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2011The Dead Guest (13 mystic stories from German classic)

The only everlasting story is a one that did not happen – this principle was applied in the literary production, fabrication was in this way closer to truth than uncertain reality. These gloomy stories are not an exception – the higher they are floating in the clouds, the more tightly they are down-to-earth, frequently thanks to the strong social overtones. Blood-curdling punishment is revenge for damage, for premature return of a verdict, for rash toying with superstition or for a committed sin. In former times, they were usually told in a friendly circle near the warmth of a fireplace, some of them have a character of a tale or legend. Even after some time, maybe in the course of three centuries, they did not lose the charm. On one hand, they evoke anxiety and terror; on the other hand they humorously react to manners which can't be in any case regarded as period and therefore as out-of-date. By confrontation of science and religion, they also offer a discourse experience. Do nowadays wander around the world far fewer quack doctors or odd fellows, worshippers of mysticism under the cloak of science? Although we understand more than one reason for polemic, let's say, with Christian faith and its moral, does not their fanatic repudiation open again a path to Satanism? The boundaries of science have always provided an open space for speculations and their exploitation. It can't be underestimated even from the point of view of the period knowledge; it means to exclude the sectarianism from it or to overlook the tragic consequences of manipulation with man – and not only by the help of hypnosis.


Marta Świderska-Pelinko: Taste of Wandering and Eden

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2010Marta Świderska-Pelinko: Taste of Wandering and Eden

Marta Świderska-Pelinko, evaluated in Poland as the most cultivated writer among the women authors, presents herself in a book form in Slovakia for the first time. It is her second novel. This bestseller of the contemporary Polish literature was created on the basis of believable facts from which many haven't been solved by English or Polish police up to now. The main heroine Jola decided to travel for work to England. Instead of expected paradise, she must face up to the obstacles mainly from her compatriots side. The novel offers a conflict of her simple-minded world and Polish underworld trading with cheap labour force in English setting. It mainly shows the controversies with the scum that irritate a perceptive reader. Image of Poland abroad, which takes one's breath away. Author's alter ego knows something about allusions to Hobbes' assertion dog eat dog. Authentic story thanks to the confabulation crosses the boundaries of a document; it keeps its atmosphere and excitement from the beginning to the end. Masterfully managed dialogues, often in allusions, prove that it can't be ranked into the category of popular literature, among the women's novels. By its simple language, it is easily accessible to the widest mass of readers.


Rafał Wojaczek: Letters for Dead Man

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2009Rafał Wojaczek: Letters for Dead Man

Rafał Wojaczek is one of the most significant Polish poet in the second half of twentieth century. He was born on the 6th of december in 1945 in Mikolow. He died at night from 10 to 11 of May 1971 in Wroclaw. The book is representative anthology of his whole literary work. In this title, there are the poems from all five poem collections. In the last part, Laugh and Taunt of God, there are the verse from poet's heritage, either ready to be published by author on his own, or set aside by censorship of his previous poems collection.


Michel-Antoine Burnier, Michel Contat: Sartre’s years of passion

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2009Michel-Antoine Burnier, Michel Contat: Sartre’s years of passion

Both authors, who met with Sartre in 60's years captured in their book an existentialism of their youth, the fight against Algerian war, they developed the exciting novel plot about Sartre's life and work, about his friendships, rebellion and political engagement, about the destructive impact of free, we could say an anarchic bundle of Sartre and Simone's life focused on fictional love couple Frederic and Carla, about the consequences of Sartre's opinion of revolutionary Youth lacked the countenance because of adoring their idol, the founder of revue Les Temps Modernes.


Yann Andréa: Marguerite Duras

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2009Yann Andréa: Marguerite Duras

Yann Andréa was born in 1952. He was companion for life to one of the most significant french writer Marguerite Duras. By a diary form he describes in detail a difficult period of world-known writer, who had to undergo a recovery just before 70. The author captures her helplessness, dramatic struggle with near death, laconic observations and often a bizarre testimony. His another books were also written for Marguerite Duras.


Laurence Tardieu: Nothing Lasts

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2008Laurence Tardieu: Nothing Lasts

Laurence Tardieu is one of the strong and promising young writer of France having a sense for dynamic and dramatic story. In spite of searing story working with, she writes in an engrossing and simple style, without undue pathos, striking a sour chord. She mentioned the topic of maternity and loss of the child in work Before the Judgement, but only in prose Nothing Lasts, she succeed more convincingly to confront the bright side of life with shady side of life as well as the main characters are more realistic. At a first sight the simple legacy of prose is hiding an inspired idea and clear truth, that eternity is not time, but it is a depth accompanied by intense dizziness.


Zbigniew Domino: Polish Siberiada

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2008Zbigniew Domino: Polish Siberiada

Domino's novel is the most serious and comprehensive storytelling about the emigration known from Polish literature. It is about the fate of people, who were on the basis the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, displaced by Red Army from east part of Polland to northeastern part of former Soviet Union. The picture of character's mood, their anxiety, needs to be percieved as a truthful, not bound by demagogy, bias and grudge. Polish Siberiada represents an ambitious and authentic novel, which was born in reliable memory of author's personal life experience.


Philippe Claudel: I Give Up

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2008Philippe Claudel: I Give Up

With a genuine style compelling story, the author won Prix du Roman France Télévision 2000. Claudel has recieved several significant awards and he is nevertheless not lacking a human modesty. Deeply touched and surprised, he considers the fact of persisting interest about his work outside France to be a small miracle. So there is undoubtedly on the rightful place to acquaint his work the reading public in Slovakia. The story evokes as if an adult hero from novel by Salinger Catcher in the Rye.


Laurence Cossé: Don’t you write anymore?

Pectus publishing house, Košice 2007Laurence Cossé: Don’t you write anymore?

Cossé brings in her every story the realistic view on the status of the writer in consumer society. Revealing its true face the author clearly indicates, that society is not adequately able to appreciate the creative work of writers, whereas royalty almost never reflect the value of literary work. Laurence Cossé is one of the significant writer of contemporary french prose. She could manage to collect the different stories with the same theme in one book, while every of the story having its individual style, using the specific language resources.


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