The Hideout (Pushkin Collection) (Paperback)

The Hideout (Pushkin Collection) By Egon Hostovsk√Ĺ, Fern Long (Translated by) Cover Image
By Egon Hostovsk√Ĺ, Fern Long (Translated by)
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A kind, blundering Czech engineer is pressured by the Nazi government to hand over his invention, which could be key to their military operations. He flees to Paris, hoping to sell his invention to the French government instead; yet when the Germans invade France, he is forced into hiding, and spends months in a dark, damp cellar. Alone, he dwells on his memories - of his troubled marriage, and his decision to leave his wife behind in Czechoslovakia. When he is given the unexpected chance to redeem himself, both to his wife and history, he seizes it with utter determination - even though this heroic act will be his last.

A powerful and moving novel about one man's final, fatal, heroic act of resistance in Nazi France.

About the Author

Egon Hostovsky (1908-1973) was the youngest of eight children in a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia. When the Germans occupied the country, he fled the country and ended up in New York, where he worked at the exiled Czechoslovakian government's consulate. He is one of the authors who shaped Czech literature during the inter-war period, and who helped give form to the emergence of Central European literature represented by writers such as Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig (he and Zweig were cousins).

Praise For…

"[Hostovsky] explores madness, heroism, and salvation in this intense, dreamlike novella. . . This captivating novella dramatizes one man’s existential conflict within the larger, worldwide conflagration." — Publishers Weekly

"The Hideout is an important work of existentialism that recalls Albert Camus's The Stranger and Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea in terms of probing the reality of self-knowledge and the nature of good and evil. Though dark, the novel has a poetry all its own. . . The Hideout is not without horrifying moments of violence, but it offers a glimpse of transcendence while shaking one to the core. . . This English translation of Egon Hostovský's Czech masterpiece creates an unforgettable account of a war refugee in his darkest hour." —  Scott Neuffer, in Shelf Awareness

"A dark firecracker of a book…tantalisingly knitting together the philosophical novel, the existential thriller, the spy romance and the noir war story…a real find." — Bookanista

"Whether charting transient freedom in Paris, “city of light rustlings, of sweetly secret speech, of blue grayness”, or chronicling inner turmoil, this overlooked classic is both beautiful and intense." — Glasgow Herald

"A superb writer." - Milan Kundera

"The Hideout' is important as an encouraging example of a new spiritual trend in European literature." - Free World

"A remarkable novel... As absorbing reading it matches any popular novel, yet it does so without the customary devices." - The New Masses

"Hostovsky delights in discoveries of the depths and oddities, the strange courses and subtle transformations of human souls... A forceful language rich in images adds to the pleasure of reading." - Saturday Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781782272403
ISBN-10: 1782272402
Publisher: Pushkin Collection
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Pushkin Collection