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Pavel Kohout

Author of The Widow Killer: A Novel

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Image credit: Pavel Kohout und Jaroslav Rudiš stellen ihre Neuerscheinungen auf der Leipziger Buchmesse 2019 vor. Gastland ist dieses Jahr Tschechien. By Amrei-Marie - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77529994

Works by Pavel Kohout

The Widow Killer: A Novel (1995) 212 copies
Katyně (1970) 59 copies
Den heliga Klaras infall (1982) 43 copies
White Book (1970) 30 copies
Poor Murderer: A Play (1977) 27 copies
Dansetimen (1990) 21 copies
Wo der Hund begraben liegt (1987) 15 copies
Ende der großen Ferien (1990) 11 copies
To byl můj život?? (2005) 5 copies
Tango mortale (2015) 2 copies
Der Wilde Osten (1991) 2 copies
Kacica 1 copy
Tři Hry 1 copy
Hry v posteli (2001) 1 copy
Úsvit 1 copy
Liefde 1 copy
Prag. dtv - Merian. (1994) 1 copy
Cabeza abajo (1974) 1 copy

Associated Works

Hebbes 2 : 15 smaakmakers voor het voorjaar — Contributor — 3 copies


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End of book too off-track for my taste
mgriel | 4 other reviews | Jan 18, 2016 |
Kohout is a Czech writer who was one of the leaders of the 1968 Prague Spring revolt. His work was ruthlessly suppressed for twenty years. This mystery of his is set in Prague during the later years of W.W. II.
The complexities of wartime Czechoslovakia are rendered as an engrossing mystery story. A psychopathic killer is murdering widows. The Gestapo take little interest until a German resident is killed and the investigation begins to show a pattern and links to other killings. Erwin Buback, until now an unquestioning Gestapo agent and Jan Morava, a Czech police detective, are determined to track down the killer. Buback’s wife and daughter had been killed in a stray bombing of the farm where they had been sent to prevent just such an occurrence. He had his wife had always been loyal Nazis with little reason to question Hitler’s judgment until his invasion of Russia and Hilda, a teacher, brings home a map showing the vast expanses of Russia compared to tiny Europe. “A cartographic anomaly,” is Buback’s response.
But in the midst of the investigation, Buback become haunted by the deviant thought. “Could Hitler somehow derive some perverted satisfaction from the worldwide butchery he’d unleashed as the unknown murderer did from his slaughter of women?” The story becomes an allegory for the poisonous influence of ideology as the killer's motives become revealed as being committed in the name of a higher calling. The hunt for the killer breaks down in the chaos of the Allies’ inexorable pressure from the east and west. The world is turned upside down as right becomes wrong and evil becomes good as “the need for retribution clashed with the fear of becoming just like the men who so recently murdered their loved ones.”
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ecw0647 | 4 other reviews | Sep 30, 2013 |
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