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The Axe
by Ludvik Vaculik
translated by Marian Sling
Northwestern University Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-8101-1018-2
Library of Congress Classification PG5039.32.A2S413 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8635

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Alongside Kundera's The Joke, The Axe was one of the most influential novels to appear in Czechoslavakia during the cultural awakening of the 1960s.</p>

In late Sixties Czechoslovakia, communist ideology is failing. A disillusioned middle-aged journalist retreats from the politics of Prague to the Moravian countryside of his youth. There he rediscovers the complex relationship with his dead father, a communist crusader. But when the journalist is accused of disgracing his father and his proletariat background, he realizes that he, too, is a leader--and that the stakes are now reversed.