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Joseph Kilian Pavel Juráček, Pavel Hájek (ed.)

Chilling philosophical grotesque about cat rental and byrocracy, from which there is no escape.

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  • Weight: 194 g
  • EAN/ISBN: 9788087490662
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Size: 12 × 16,8 cm
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Edition: First
  • Publisher: Knihovna Václava Havla
  • Language: Czech

The book Joseph Kilian is published by the Vaclav Havel Library as the fourth volume of the edition Work of Pavel Juráček. It contains all known and accessbile versions of this chilling grotesque about cat rental and the power of office apparatus, providing the reader with an unique opportunity to follow Juráček´s footsteps. To be part of renaming the main character from Jan Hlasivec to Jan Kilián, followingly to Jan Herold and finally to an unmarked "person", and to watch how the author with each and every texts fulfills his intention, which is already mentioned in the synopsis "The minor scenes, which make up the Character, can be shuffled in any way, left out or supplemented by others, because they are not important... Each of these scenes has the word function and it will, therefore, be crucial to look for synonyms of these "words" in the next versions as long as the scenes do not form a sentence or story in the most accurate way."

"In Husova street in Old Town, a housekeeper sits in the sun and reads, and he walks past her and crosses the street into the shadows, has his hands in his pocket and sees nothing, even though other pedestrians raise their heads or turn with their eyes fixed on one place. But in the end, he looks in that direction as well, stays standing and stares up at one of the company boards, on which is written "CAT RENTAL". What is this nonsense, Cat rental, for Christ's sake, what is this nonsense? One wanders through the city and suddenly encounters nonsense that can be touched! And so he reaches for the frame of the shop window, looks at the photos of the cats, reads the name of the responsible manager, hesitantly looks inside, then touches the doorknob, why not, what could possibly happen, pushes the doorknob and enters… "

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