I was born in Prague, where I lived until emigrating in 1970 to France, England and Germany, eventually settling in Paris in 1982. Multilingual, I received MAs in Russian, Czech and French at Charles University in Prague, a Diploma of English Language and Literature from the Cambridge University, England, and the Doctorat d’Etat in French Literature at the Sorbonne in France. After I moved to Paris I found my niche as a novelist.
My first novel, LE NAUFRAGE D’UN POISSON DORE, written in French won the prestigious PRIX EUROPEEN DE LA LITTERATURE in 1984.
Its English version, THE DROWNING OF A GOLDFISH was published in 1990 by PERMANENT PRESS - New York. It was acclaimed as ”An accomplished new voice from Europe, a promising debut and a moving and understated tale of courage by a young survivor living in a society where just to endure is sufficient victory” (THE KIRKUS REVIEWS, 9/1/90). All my other print books were published by Domhan Books, New York.
Stairway to the Stars
“Stairway to the Stars” is the ninth volume of the “Jazz Saga”. It is the “Jazz Saga’s” bitter-sweet-happy-end when Irene gets all she has ever asked for: heaven on earth with all the only men of her life and a bigger than life adventure with Egon who had to die to offer her the impossible as her phantasmal lover. Though is this really all Irenchen has ever pined for? Search her!
Dancing in the Dark
The eighth volume of the Jazz Saga is an ironic romance of love at any price and of dreams fading away in the shrill light of reality. There is love with breath-in and deception with breath-out as the protagonists get confronted with themselves and the indispensable others.
Cry me a River
In this seventh volume of the Jazz Saga, alas, no man can give Irene all she is asking for. Yet, she does not give up hope and puts her life in jeopardy paying in full for a castle in the air she believes to be her home.
A Case of Do or Die
Trapped in her marriage of convenience to Rudolf, with Iokanaan's and Milan's desire to possess her running at fever pitch, our heroine struggles to free herself from the shackles of what everyone else seems determined to call love. This is the second volume of the Prague Trilogy
The story of one woman's struggle to find love, happiness and fulfillment within the oppressive confines of the Communist regime in Prague. This is the second volume of the Prague Trilogy
The Drowning of a Goldfish - Redux
A young woman has a burning quest to be educated in her beloved Prague during the Communist regime. Instead she is sent to a chemical factory. Will she escape her fate by marrying an opportunistic and boorish medical doctor? This is the first volume of the Prague Trilogy - author's cut.
The Eye of Medusa
In this third volume of the Gray Saga, the story of Rinaldo and Irene continues. Their search for happiness is often at odds with the creative muse that drives them. Christopher Gray, the London painter, tries to win both their loves.
The Scarlet Maze
Irene, the poetess and Christopher, the London painter, - in pursue of their dream of love and happiness - lose themselves in the labyrinth of the Chelsea hotel in New York. This is the second volume of the Gray Saga.
The Frosted Mirrors
Rinaldo adores his mother and will do anything for her approval. But she is oblivious to all except her cat and her poetry. Fleeing from his mother's indifference he meets Christopher Gray who is doomed to fall in love with them both. This is the first volume of the Gray Saga.
An Experience in Four Movements
This is an historical puzzle situated in the seventeenth century. Its pieces reconstruct the infatuation of a poet with a princess, culminating in the death of the poet,and the retreat of the princess within the walls of a monastery. It is also the story of a girl who had to rebuild her life after the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Love Me or Leave Me
Irene tries to get used to the greyness of Prague: living an independent life is a chilling experience. Can she exist without Beda and his music and still stay whole? This is the sixth volume of the 'Jazz Saga'.
Strangers in the Night
In 'Strangers in the Night', the fifth volume of the Jazz Saga, Irene persists in her desperate quest to fill up the gap between longing and belonging.
Talking to the Moon
In the fourth volume of the Jazz Saga, Irene's search for love continues. Still trapped in her marriage to Leo, with all the men who meet her preying upon her feelings and need for love, she must choose which man makes her happiest, even it it means flying in the face of all social convention.
The Sophisticated Lady
Irene, growing up in Prague, thought she had it all, and could keep it. In love with and loved by four very different men she is in danger of loosing one after the other. Now her family is stripped from her. Can she maintain the facade of the happily married and blushing young bride? Or is she set on her path of self-destruction? This is the third volume of the Jazz Saga.
Like a Bubble in a Glass of Champagne
Irene's adventures in Prague, begun in the novel 'Falling in Love', continue as she must struggle to find happiness with the very different men in her life.
This is the second volume of the Jazz Saga.
Falling in Love
Set in Prague and on the French Riviera, this is a poignant tale of love, loss and the search for happiness of a young girl growing up in turbulent times. This is the first volume of the Jazz Saga.
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