Préface An audacious novel set in near-future America, from the critically acclaimed author of SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA. Auteur Jarosla...
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Préface An audacious novel set in near-future America, from the critically acclaimed author of SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA.
Jaroslav Kalfar was born in the Czech Republic and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen. He earned his MFA at NYU, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and a finalist for the E. L. Doctorow Fellowship. In 2018, he was selected for the National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship. Spaceman of Bohemia, his critically acclaimed debut novel, was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and has been translated into fifteen languages. Spaceman, an adaptation of the novel, is forthcoming soon as a major motion picture. Kalfar lives in Brooklyn.
'Ambitious, exciting . . . touches of Don DeLillo' Daily Telegraph
'A Kurt Vonnegut-like satirical touch' New York Times
'Inventive and heartfelt . . . packs a walloping punch' Esquire
Adéla, diagnosed with a terminal illness, leaves her Czech village for America to reunite with her daughter Tereza, now a scientist at a New York biotech company hellbent on curing mortality. Their reunion is short, and before Tereza can help her mother, Adéla dies and her remains disappear.
But Adéla's spirit survives, restlessly watching over Tereza as she searches for the body on a journey that spans oceans and continents, through a world ravaged by corporate greed and political extremism. Witty and prescient, A Brief History of Living Forever is a vivid story of family connection prevailing in the face of societal collapse.
Praise for SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA*:* 'Funny, human and oddly down-to-earth' Guardian 'A superb debut' Literary Review 'Booming with vitality and originality' New York Times