Lázeňské naděje (Spa Hopes)

Roman Ráž, 2015

The second part of the epoch novel the author dedicated to World War II. He describes the fate of his grandmother’s family during the years 1926 to 1946. The lives of children, as well as grandchildren, of Marie Klanska are dramatically changed by the war. Ráž explores the strained relationship between the Czechs and the Germans, while steering clear from painting a black and white picture. He allows a Sudeten German woman to report about the horrors of displacement and he does not hide the love between his Moravian cousin and a young man from the Hitler Youth. Ráž portrays the epoch free from any partiality, with a proven mixture of memories, newspaper reports, letters and diary entries.

“Rážs writing is full-bodied and mighty, and, simultaneously, pointed and soulful.”
— Radim Kopáč, literary critic