lands in an Austrian camp whose inmates provide a varied and detailed look at the strength of human longing and human will. After a series of mishaps, including being brutally gang-raped, Jitka learns that the United States has accepted her application as a political dissident. The novel ends with an epilogue set ten years later, as Jitka reflects on her emigration and her new life in New York City.
With World War II long behind them and even the events of 1968 long over, recent Czech émigré writers may not have abandoned a concern with political topics, but they have made such concern secondary to their exploration of the individual. Individual freedom, goals for happiness, and motivations in life have taken center stage, and writers have turned the analysis inward, from examining established institutions and events to placing focus on their impact on the individual.
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Havel Vaclav. Largo Desolato. Adapted by Tom Stoppard. New York: Grove-Atlantic Press, 1987.
-----. Long Distance Interrogation. New York: Knopf, 1990.
-----. Power of the Powerless. Ed. John Keane. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1985.
Kundera Milan. The Farewell Party. Ed. Philip Roth. New York: Viking Penguin, 1987.
-----. Immortality. Trans. Peter Kussi. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990.
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-----. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Trans. Michael Heim. New York: Harper and Row, 1984.
Pekarkova Iva. Truck Stop Rainbows: A Road Novel. Trans. David Powelstock. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1992.
-----. The World Is Round. Trans. David Powelstock. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1994.
Skvorecky Josef. The End of Lieutenant Boruvka. Trans. Paul Wilson. New York: Norton, 1991.
-----. The Engineer of Human Souls. Trans. Paul Wilson. New York: Knopf, 1984.
-----. Miss Silver's Past. Trans. Paul Wilson. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1985.
-----. The Mournful Demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka. Trans. Rosemary Kavan. New York: Norton, 1987.
-----. Sins for Father Knox. Trans. Paul Wilson. New York: Norton, 1991.
-----. The Swell Season. Trans. Paul Wilson. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1986.
Vaculik Ludvik. The Axe. Trans. Marian Sling. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, in press.
-----. A Cup of Coffee with My Interrogator. Trans. George Theiner. Boca Raton, FL: Readers International, 1987.
-----. The Guinea Pigs. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1986.
Werfel Franz. 1936. The Fony Days of Musa Dagh. New York: Carroll and Graf, 1988.
-----. The Song of Bernadette. New York: Amereon, 1942.