Spaceman of Bohemia

Spaceman of Bohemia

Jaroslav Kalfar / Jan 26, 2020

Spaceman of Bohemia An intergalactic odyssey of love ambition and self discoveryOrphaned as a boy raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents Jakub Proch zka has risen from small time scientist to beco

  • Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
  • Author: Jaroslav Kalfar
  • ISBN: 9780316273435
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self discoveryOrphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Proch zka has risen from small time scientist to become the country s first astronaut When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he s dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father s sins as a CoAn intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self discoveryOrphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Proch zka has risen from small time scientist to become the country s first astronaut When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he s dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father s sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.

    Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar Spaceman of Bohemia, the debut novel by Czech writer Jaroslav Kalfar, is a magical narrative about solitude and longing, in which the unexpected and unexplained are beautifully intertwined Yes, it is about space, but it is also about politics, love, dreams, and the imagination. Spaceman of Bohemia Jaroslav Mar , Spaceman of Bohemia is an out of this world look at all our beautiful smallnesses, from the cells of our biology to the bacterial minutiae of one broken heart The roar of revolution and governmental injustice is cast against the depths of our emotions Spaceman Of Bohemia authent Spaceman Of Bohemia my wish, my thirsting eyes With looking on thy face can never sate their droughtMan who was lavish of House and Victual to One whom he knew not, The, i Whilst the Sheikh was thus occupied with taking leave of the kings, SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA by Jaroslav Kalfar Kirkus Reviews INTERVIEW WITH JAROSLAV KALFAR Jakub Prochzka, the protagonist of Jaroslav Kalfar s debut novel, Spaceman of Bohemia, is no John Glenn or Yuri Gagarin He s a reluctant astronaut, a professor of astrophysics who is also a touch afraid of his own shadow, worried that a caterpillar might land on him and that the unhappiness of Sanity Is Slowly Lost In Spaceman Of Bohemia NPR Mar , Buy Featured Book Spaceman of Bohemia turns the lonely spaceman clich on its head Jakub isn t driven to madness by his tenure in space, exactly, but toward a lucid state of super sanity, with all the pain and poignancy that comes with it Granted, Spaceman s case, the line between madness and sanity can be as nebulous as a strange cloud between Venus and Earth. Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar review Solaris Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar review Solaris with laughs There really was a Czech spaceman, Vladimr Remek, who in became a cosmonaut courtesy of the Russians, and Kalfar Spaceman of Bohemia PDF and Audio Books File youtube Jun , Visit Here to download full pdf audiobook Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition Spaceman of Bohemia Barnes Noble Spaceman of Bohemia is not your standard Anglo American science fiction In its allegories about geopolitical power trips, it hews closely to the work of the Strugatsky brothers In its cognitive derangements and depictions of ontological levels of reality, it

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    1. I loved this novel - Kalfař has created something unique here, equal parts emotional love-letter to home (with all that word represents) and sci-fi thrill-ride with (possibly) hallucinated space spiders. There aren't many books that poke at their presumed genre conventions in this way, with high-literary prose mingled with outer space action and paeans to nutella. Consider this representative sequence:Jakub, our protagonist, a space dust researcher from the Czech Republic, is dealing with emoti [...]

    2. Existence runs on energy, a fluid movement forward, yet we never stop seeking the point of origin, the Big Bang that set us upon our inevitable course.Jakub Procházka, the first Czech in space, is sent on a solo mission to collect dust from the mysterious Chopra cloud. The long journey through the cosmos gives him plenty of time to ponder the state of his marriage. His wife Lenka is getting increasingly distant during their chats. One day, Lenka goes into hiding and doesn't show up for their we [...]

    3. I went through some interesting stages as I read this one. I didn't really have any expectations other than a possible or rather probable literature/SF hybrid, delving deeper into the introspective and lyrical areas of space. Perhaps it could have been an oddball exploration, perhaps humorous.As I read, I noticed the lyrical bits and there's plenty of deep characterization and family and memory going on, which seems to be the common thread for long missions in space these days, but then somethin [...]

    4. This book wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I went in expecting maybe a slightly wacky space-travel tale, about the first Czech astronaut in space meeting an extraterrestrial life form while going about his mission. What I got was a Kafka-esque, vaguely allegorical story about the first Czech astronaut in space, with lots of rumination about politics, relationships, privacy, family, and many other topics. Jakub is chosen for a mission to investigate a potentially dangerous dust cloud in [...]

    5. I’d describe this as a cross between Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer) and The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber). It’s the story of Jakub Procházka, a Czech astronaut who leaves his wife behind to undertake a noble research mission but soon realises he can never escape his family history or the hazards of his own mind.In April 2018, Jakub sets out in the JanHus1 space shuttle, launched to investigate cosmic dust storm “Chopra.” Although back in Prague Jakub is see [...]

    6. Málo scifi, hodně poutavé, čtivé, vtipné, humorné a neotřelé. Zaslouženě si kniha získává uznání po světě. Ale není to žádný Hrabal nebo Škvorecký či Kundera, jak jsem několikrát v tisku četl. Je jiný a taky dobrý. Těším se, až napíše něco dalšího.

    7. Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel “Spaceman of Bohemia” has been compared to the extremely popular novel “The Martian” but Kalfar’s novel is far superior. I understand the comparison: both novels are about lone men in space whose solitary “Robinson Crusoe” style adventures find them stranded on their journeys of exploration. While it's enjoyable for some of the plot and scientific detail I thought “The Martian” mostly came across as repetitive and it's suffused with a particularl [...]

    8. * I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review *Sadly this book didn't really live up to the gorgeous cover and intriguing premise for me. I kept this book when it came in the post because even though I'd never heard of it the fact that it was an SF novel with a Czech author and focus made me look twice. Then I found out it was focused on a lone astronaut heading to investigate an ominous dust cloud and it sounded like it had a lot of potential. When I started readin [...]

    9. With JanHus1 lie our hopes of new sovereignty and prosperity, for we are now among the explorers of the universe. We look away from our past, in which we were claimed by others, in which our language was nearly eradicated, in which Europe covered its eyes and ears as its very heart was stolen and brutalized. It is not only our science and technology traveling through this vacuum; it is our humanity, in the form of Jakub Procházka, the first spaceman of Bohemia, who will carry the soul of the re [...]

    10. Příběh českého kosmonauta, který se vydal zkoumat tajemný oblak prachu vzbudil patřičnou pozornost. Nejde jen o to, že se jedná o debut, který s velkou mediální pozorností vydalo velké nakladatelství, ale také o to, že český autor napsal knihu nejdříve v angličtině a než se stihla přeložit do češtiny, nabrala oslavné ohlasy za hranicemi ČR. Ego malého národa bylo polechtáno a proto české uvedení provázel adekvátní humbuk.Ale všichni cítíme, že dobrou [...]

    11. If you blasted Albert Camus or Franz Kafka into space with nothing more than some dehydrated vittles and a brief reminder of their own mortality, I think they would be hard-pressed to produce a more earnestly clever work. Spaceman of Bohemia is a masterpiece of discovery and loss, distance and longing, self-loathing and conceit. I've described it to friends as "Andy Weir's The Martian with a Masters Degree." Jaroslav Kalfař's debut novel easily stands among the great literary absurdists, and I [...]

    12. A spaceman is sent to explore a weird cosmic event on a spaceship that Switzerland doesn't want anymore. And as we learn of the spaceman's political baggage, of his miserable, dark, childhood, it becomes clear this is the last person fit to go on such a mission. He knows things his government wants suppressed. And a few government members obviously don't want him to return at all. The point is to get this man off this Earth for good: in a way this book is the mirror image of "The Martian". On th [...]

    13. Update, trochu víc těch písmen tady: bit/LetopodzimSkvělá kniha, fakt jo! Snad dám brzo dohromady víc písmenek :D

    14. I enjoy reading internationally when possible. New perspectives and all that. This may have been the first Czech author I've read. Not just that, it's very much a Czech or, really, Bohemian book, dating it further in time, closer to seeming eternal. One might expect a Martian style scifi tale, but for me this was primarily a story of a nation in general and a city, Prague, in particular pre, during and post 1989's political turbulence. Which isn't to negate the space adventure aspect of it, of c [...]

    15. нещодавно мені розповіли історію про польського антиклерикального поета, якого в селі, звідки він походить, вирішили анатемувати. але щоб відлучити когось від церкви, для початку треба, щоб той хтось був до церкви прилучений, а поет виявився нехрещений. тому добрі селяни а [...]

    16. Kosmonaut z Čech, to pro mě bylo moc příjemný čtení. Líbily se mi odkazy na (nejen) českou historii a zajímavosti o naší zemi. Navíc to bylo i vtipné - už to, že samotný kosmonaut Jakub Procházka startoval se svou lodí z brambořiště za Petřínem mi přišlo mile úsměvné. Mimozemský pavouk Hanuš, tajně ujídající po nocích Nutellu, to už jen završil. Kniha je neuvěřitelně čtivá, jazyk jednoduchý a zároveň schopný popsat vše do detailu. Vyskytuje se zde [...]

    17. "How unlikely. Yet here we are."I think a saw a lot of myself in these pages and it’s left me in awe and a little bit horrified.This is a story about space exploration, about family, about history, love and loss and revolution and revenge and acceptance and beginnings and endings and what it means to be human in a universe that we will never understand. There’s also the occasional alien spider, but that’s just a bonus, really.I thought this might be like Andy Weir’s The Martian but inste [...]

    18. On the face of it, this is a tale of a Czech astronaut, Jakub, sent on a mission in the near future to investigate a dust cloud that has settled between Earth and Venus. There are flashbacks to his troubled childhood and youth as the son of someone who worked for the secret police of the former communist regime, and to the marriage he has left behind. On the mission he encounters a strange extra-terrestrial.But this is a subtle multi-layered novel. It is also an account of emotional loss; of a n [...]

    19. Spring of 2018. On a warm April afternoon, the eyes of the Czech nation gazed from Petrín Hill as space shuttle JanHus1 launched from a state-owned potato field. The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra wafted the national hymn between the city’s Gothic towers, accompanying the countdown until, finally, the crowd gasped as the shuttle sucked and burned its cryogenic propellant and exploded upwards, all nine million kilograms of it, give or take the eighty kilograms of its single human inhabitant.Alth [...]

    20. What a wonderful surprise! There is something in this inventive book for everyone. The story weaves between Jakub as an astronaut from the Czech Republic and his quest to investigate a purple cloud of cosmic dust with the history of his father as a Communist collaborator and the repercussions on the family. There is some beautiful writing here, and while I much preferred the first half of the book and the conversations (or not) with Hanus, it captivated my imagination and I look forward to more [...]

    21. Quirky and ambitious if uneven debut novel by a Czech born writer who emigrated to America at 15. Probably best described as a deeply original cross between early-era Kundera (in particular The Joke), escapist science fiction (for example The Stainless Steel Rat) and American modernist literary novels (for example Everything Is Illuminated).With JanHus1 lie our hopes of new sovereignty and prosperity, for we are now among the explorers of the universe. We look away from our past, in which we wer [...]

    22. No, tak já teda nevím - na to, jaký je kolem toho hype, tak nic moc. Je pravda, že o českých autorech se v NYT či WSJ běžně nepíše, a to navíc ještě pochvalně, ale je sporné, zda se dá Kalfar vůbec považovat za českého autora (v USA žije větší část svého života, knížka je napsaná anglicky a překlad do češtiny není z pera autora, ale od Veroniky Volhejnové). A věřím tomu, že pokud by se tohle nepodávalo jako velký úspěch českého autora (už jen to j [...]

    23. Jakub Prochazka, professor of astrophysics and researcher of cosmic space dust is on a mission for the nation of Bohemia. A sandstorm of intergalactic cosmic dust between Earth and Venus has compromised the night sky.On a solo eight month mission aboard the space shuttle JanHus 1, Jakub will try to collect microscopic samples of dust to study and analyze for other life forms. Jakub's journey is one of glory for newly democratic Bohemia as well as redemption for his father's collaboration with th [...]

    24. Spaceman of Bohemia is a plural book. A literary sci-fi historical fiction philosophical novel that is emotional, intellectual, comforting and challenging. Simultaneously. A truly impressive debut novel. I will definitely read Jaroslav Kalfar future works. (Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy!)

    25. Die Haselnuss der Erde für den haarigen Begleiter im UniversumSchon das Cover und der Titel haben mir den Mund wässrig gemacht bzw. natürlich eigentlich eher die Augen - und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht! Den Autor des Buches werde ich mir merken; ich hoffe sehr, dass da noch mehr von ihm kommt.Eine Reise ins All auf die Beine zu stellen ist schon eine Herkulesaufgabe für sich, wenn es dann aber noch ein mehr oder weniger kleines Land betrifft, das sich noch nie in Sachen Weltraumforschung gro [...]

    26. Spaceman of Bohemia, the debut novel by Czech writer Jaroslav Kalfar, is a magical narrative about solitude and longing, in which the unexpected and unexplained are beautifully intertwined. Yes, it is about space, but it is also about politics, love, dreams, and the imagination. Kalfar’s tale of a man alone–yet not alone–in space is wise, humorous, and intellectually playful. Kalfar’s memorable debut belongs on the shelf with the best of Czech literature.

    27. This is a strange and unclassifiable book. I think I would have enjoyed it much more if it weren’t for the writing style, which was too self-conscious and ornate for my liking. I like simple prose, but the writing here was often grandiose, littered with adjectives, adverbs and dead-end metaphors. Nevertheless, it had a lot of merits. It begins as a sci-fi. The story follows Jakub Prochaska, near-future Czech hero, who undertakes a solo mission to space to collect data on a giant dust cloud tha [...]

    28. I was still thinking, "Hmmmm . . . . " for about the first 2/3 of this book, but I ended up really, really liking it.

    29. Why go anywhere else? We've already done so much to the place.—p.228Despite how much we've already done to the place, Jakub Procházka is leaving Planet Earth. He's the first Czech astronaut, a proud national hero, alone (well, almost) aboard JanHus1, the first Czech spacecraft, as it speeds toward "Chopra," a mysterious purple cloud that has appeared—mysteriously—between the Earth and Venus. Oh, all right, JanHus1 is actually a repurposed Swiss orbiter, with the flag of the Czech Republic [...]

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