Over a generous time span, this book follows the varied lives of several high-school classmates, from their teenage growing pains to their early forties. Connoisseurs of the work of the current most popular Czech author will find intact his familiar style (the slightly melancholic grotesque), in a tale which describes, with irony and delicate nostalgia, friendship, teenage confusion, love and destiny, including dreams and hopes, first loves and marriage, disappointment and disillusion, failure and personal tragedy, not to mention the impact on life of alcohol, beauty and ugliness, and above all the sadness that slowly penetrates the lives of the characters as they age.
Dodgeball is one of its author’s most successful novels, whether in terms of numbers of copies sold or the responses of critics, including some from abroad, or readers. Over 200,000 copies have been sold in the Czech Republic alone, and it has already become available in twelve other languages, including German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. It has won the Magnesia Litera Readers’ Prize and in 2015 it was turned into a successful feature film under the same title.
Following Bringing up Girls in Bohemia and Bliss was it in Bohemia, this is the third of the author’s novels to appear in English translation.