Seven Days
to the Funeral

translated by Julia and Peter Sherwood

February 2024

488 pages, paperback

ISBN 978-80-246-5633-5

A fictionalized memoir of Ján Rozner and a painstaking account of the week after the death of his wife Zora Jesenská, Seven Days to the Funeral is a historical record of the devastating impact of the period after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Rozner wrote with brutal honesty not only about himself, his emotions and past experience, but also about key figures in Slovak culture, providing a fascinating cultural history of Slovakia from 1945 to 1972. It is also a moving love story of an unlikely couple. When this compelling work of autofiction was posthumously published in 2009, it catapulted the author, who had died in exile and had almost been forgotten in Slovakia, to posthumous literary fame.

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