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Ballad of Descent
by Martin Vopenka
translated by Anna Bryson
Northwestern University Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-8101-1252-0 | Paper: 978-0-8101-1253-7
Library of Congress Classification PG5039.32.O64B3513 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8635

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Martin and Tomas leave Prague on Christmas Day for "that other country." Although their destination is the mountains, their departure has been initiated by a search for their own identity--people in their country have become alike, losing their individuality and becoming products of a totalitarian regime. The pair become the guests of a high school teacher, but Martin falls in love with the teacher's daughter only to lose her in a police suppression, and the Other Country is revealed as a merciless machine of oppression that throws its people into despair.

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