In addition to Ever Green Is…, this collection also includes the acclaimed short novel A Horse Upstairs, a Blind Man in Vráble and the short story “Everything I know about Central Europeanism with a Little Friendly Help from Olomouc and Camus.” The title piece, Ever Green Is…, tells the story of a life spent in Central Europe from the imperial period through Communism. The narrator attempts to tell of his seduction by the Austro-Hungarian head of intelligence, but unable to help himself, he spins off a hilarious mosaic of exaggerations, anecdotes, and philosophical musings instead. The taboo-breaking A Horse Upstairs, a Blind Man in Vráble depicts a son's relationship with his aged, mentally ill mother, while the narrator of the short story, “Everything I know…” meets the gloomy existentialist while en route to serve on the jury of the Miss People’s Democracy Pageant.
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More About This Title in the Press
- Review by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson in Slovak Novels in English, October 2019
- “An Interview with Pavel Vilikovský” on literalab
- “Hope Amid the Jibes” by Gwendolyn Albert in Transitions Online, April 2003
- Abstract of “Czechs, Sex, Spies and Torture: Slovak Identity as Translation in Vilikovsky's Ever Green Is…” by Charles Sabatos in Comparative Literature Studies, January 2003
- “Ever Green Is…” by Robert Murray Davis in World Literature Today, April 2002, partially reprinted on Kirkus Review, April 2002