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Opportune Moment, 1855, Ourednik,  Patrik
Opportune Moment, 1855
Patrik Ourednik

Paperback $17.95 - Dalkey Archive Press
Fiction - Published: 29/Jun/2011 - ISBN: 9781564785961

The nineteenth-century founding of free settlements in the Americas serves as a starting point for the new novel by popular Czech author Patrik Ou ednik. Simultaneously satiric and philosophical, The Opportune Moment, 1855, opens with an Italian anarchist s missive to his noble former mistress, an impassioned rejection of all of Europe s latest and greatest advancements, from the Enlightenment to social reform to communist revolution. We then leap back in time half a century to the alternately somber and hilarious shipboard diary of a common Italian everyman sailing to Brazil with a motley, multinational band of idealists, to build a new society. A pitiless portrait of the often unbridgeable gap between theory and practice, The Opportune Moment, 1855 is another uproarious and unsettling attack on convention by one of literature s great provocateurs.

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