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Spaceman of Bohemia


An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken readers on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.

Title:Spaceman of Bohemia
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:277 pages
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    Spaceman of Bohemia Reviews

  • Taryn
    Mar 06, 2017

    Existence runs on energy, a fluid movement forward, yet we never stop seeking the point of origin, the Big Bang that set us upon our inevitable course. Jakub Procházka, the first Czech in space, is ...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Feb 22, 2017

    I’d describe this as a cross between Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer) and The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber). It’s the story of Jakub Procházka, a Czech astronaut who l...

  • Eric Anderson
    Mar 08, 2017

    Jaroslav Kalfar’s debut novel “Spaceman of Bohemia” has been compared to the extremely popular novel “The Martian” but Kalfar’s novel is far superior. I understand the comparison: both nov...

  • Krista
    Apr 03, 2017

    With JanHus1 lie our hopes of new sovereignty and prosperity, for we are now among the explorers of the universe. We look away from our past, in which we were claimed by others, in which our language ...

  • Kaitlin
    Mar 20, 2017

    * I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review *Sadly this book didn't really live up to the gorgeous cover and intriguing premise for me. I kept this book when it came in...

  • Greg Z
    Mar 10, 2017

    A spaceman is sent to explore a weird cosmic event on a spaceship that Switzerland doesn't want anymore. And as we learn of the spaceman's political baggage, of his miserable, dark, childhood, it beco...

  • Bandit
    Oct 31, 2016

    I enjoy reading internationally when possible. New perspectives and all that. This may have been the first Czech author I've read. Not just that, it's very much a Czech or, really, Bohemian book, dati...

  • Dea
    Oct 26, 2016

    "How unlikely. Yet here we are."I think a saw a lot of myself in these pages and it’s left me in awe and a little bit horrified.This is a story about space exploration, about family, about history, ...

  • Michael Cayley
    Oct 02, 2016

    On the face of it, this is a tale of a Czech astronaut, Jakub, sent on a mission in the near future to investigate a dust cloud that has settled between Earth and Venus. There are flashbacks to his tr...

  • Ian Sanwald
    Sep 09, 2016

    If you blasted Albert Camus or Franz Kafka into space with nothing more than some dehydrated vittles and a brief reminder of their own mortality, I think they would be hard-pressed to produce a more e...