Filip Zachoval


To a casual observer, I may appear to be a fully functioning member of society with an advanced degree, a fulfilling career, loving friends and family, and an obvious midlife crisis that I’m overcoming by trying something new – writing. Previously I hardly ever enjoyed writing, often times even disliked it, and occasionally even, yes, the H-word-ed it. A few years ago my attitude toward this creative art started changing. I guess, having mastered writing shopping lists, Facebook posts, and whatever-nots they required in school, left its mark. And now I scribble, cross out, replace, re-write, curse, rearrange, and jump out of the bed in the middle of the night to note down a thought on daily basis. I admit – the craft of writing makes me whole.
I am originally from the Czech Republic, and have lived in the USA since 2003. I studied Russian language and literature and at University of Texas at Austin and at Charles University in Prague; and have been teaching world languages for about twenty years. My writings have been predominantly academic, and the memoire Matylda: And I Thought Everyone Drives a Limo in Amerika is my literary debut. I currently live in Seattle, WA.

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Matylda: And I Thought Everyone Drives a Limo in Amerika
Price: Free! Words: 52,890. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Coming of age
This memoir tells the story of an American road trip through the eyes of a young Czech man as he travels from coast to coast with a half-dozen Central Europeans in a broken-down limousine named Matylda. Along the way he encounters friendly strangers, skittish cops, and some unexpected realities of the melting pot he’s heard so much about.

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czech    emigre fiction    immigration    memoir    roadtrip    travel    usa