translated by Jonathan Gresty

October 2021

172 pages, hardcover

ISBN 978-0-85742-890-5

Jana Bodnárová offers an engrossing portrayal of a small Slovak town and its inhabitants in the north of the country against the backdrop of the tumultuous history of the twentieth century. As Sara, the protagonist of Necklace/Choker, returns to her native town after many years in exile to sell the old family house and garden, she begins to piece together her family’s history from snippets and fragments of her own memory and the diaries of her artist father, Imro, immersing the readers in key moments in recent Slovak history, including its darkest moments.

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