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Spaceman of Bohemia

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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
ISBN:0316273430
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 ...

  • Jessica
    Jun 02, 2017

    This book wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I went in expecting maybe a slightly wacky space-travel tale, about the first Czech astronaut in space meeting an extraterrestrial life form while g...

  • 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...

  • Dymbula
    Jun 06, 2017

    Málo scifi, hodně poutavé, čtivé, vtipné, humorné a neotřelé. Zaslouženě si kniha získává uznání po světě. Ale není to žádný Hrabal nebo Škvorecký či Kundera, jak jsem několi...

  • 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...

  • Tom? Fojtik
    Jun 02, 2017

    Příběh českého kosmonauta, který se vydal zkoumat tajemný oblak prachu vzbudil patřičnou pozornost. Nejde jen o to, že se jedná o debut, který s velkou mediální pozorností vydalo velké...

  • 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...

  • 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...