Fifteen stories and novel excerpts, written during the last two decades by a fascinating group of politically engagÆ’,...

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ALLSKIN and Other Tales by Contemporary Czech Women

Fifteen stories and novel excerpts, written during the last two decades by a fascinating group of politically engagƒ, staunchly feminist, and stylishly postmodern writers. Editor B†chler (who also translated seven stories) contributes a solid ""Introduction"" that emphasizes the benign and destructive neglect with which the Czech literary establishment has treated women writers, and sorts out their differing uses and transformations of traditional narrative devices. Their stories are of uneven quality, but the best are gems: Alzbeta Serberova's witty ""E=mcx""; Zdena Tomin's ""Joseph Stalin"" (which skillfully blends the political with the personal); and, most notably, Tereza Bouckova's superbly constructed, menacing, and resonant ""The Women from the Region of Tyre."" On balance, a very welcome volume.

Pub Date: May 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 220

Publisher: Women in Translation

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998