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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.
on May 23, 2013 :
Developing story on the surroundings of old town Prague is caress for my soul. Continuation on the French rivera, with velvet manuscript of Mrs. Sovakova, kept me in a pleasant mood long after I closed a book.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2010 :
Mrs Sovakova is not only a very gifted writer, but also a very fine observer; she never misses her central figure’s smallest necessities or motions. Haggling for her personal freedom, Irenchen outshines the cunning pattern of her social and political ties, she fills her personal tragedies with elegance and dignity, Sacrifices and risks burden her life, and ever so in the sights of her criticising and yet beloved private background. Her grandmother’s wisdom and elegance do not give the loving granddaughter any choice, and at the end of the day her young life’s necessities must burst into the merry-go-round of an exciting life between society’s arranged balls and sparkling artist’s worlds. Now she has to keep her joie de vivre top secret, while destiny’s merry-go-round never ceases turning. The author’s subtle sense of humour keeps it alive, sparkling places and houses bask in a refined ambience and our modern young lady and her family keep on struggling imperceptibly and very skilful for our attention and we so impatiently need to learn the protagonists’ further proceedings in Mrs Sovakova’s new volumes, finding their way into our lives very soon. Iris Baumann
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2010 :
Great character development - from a young girl preparing for the first dance lesson, to a wild cat with three devoted men. One for love, one for entertainment and one for secure life, but still a little girl inside longing for embrace. Struggling with the desire to be perfect for her loved ones.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2010 :
This book was thoroughly mesmorizing. I was drawn into the young woman's struggle to become the woman her family wants her to become. While doing this, she has to fight her own desires and demons. I look forward to more from the Jazz Saga.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2010 :
The first in Lidmila's wonderful historic, artful, romantic Jazz saga.
(reviewed the day of purchase)