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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.
Nathalie DA COSTA
on Feb. 10, 2014 :
One thing is sure, Irene will have had experienced what she was looking for since the very beginning of the Jazz Saga : Falling In Love. She surely experimented every kind of lover's love there can be.
No matter what book of the Jazz Saga you choose, you will be stricken by the realism of its characters, who truly come to life through Lidmila's writing. It is as unexpected and expected as real life is.
The Jazz Saga is a true masterpiece!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2014 :
In the wrap-up to this saga that I have had the pleasure to read over the years as soon as each book appeared, Irene appears headed for a tragic end, losing control to her lovers, suffering hallucinations, unsure if she is going insane. Suffice to say, an excellent wrapup to the story of a woman who loved too much!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)