Daniela Kapitánová, (translated from the Slovak by Julia Sherwood) Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book. 2011. pp 130. ISBN 978-0-9535878-9-6 £8.99.
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Daniela Kapitánová’s first novel, Samko Tále’s Cemetery Book is narrated by an intellectually and physically stunted creature and arch-conformist who enthusiastically embraces every kind of prejudice both under Communism and in the newly independent Slovakia. This book was a sensation when it appeared in Bratislava in 2000; still a best-seller in its fourth edition, it has been translated into Czech, Swedish, French, German, Arabic, Polish and Japanese and now appears in English. Advance copies now available from the Garnett Press.
Samko Tále's Cemetery Book by the Slovak writer Daniela Kapitá?ová offers us, in a superb translation by Julia Sherwood, one of the strangest and most compelling voices I have come across in years. Muriel Spark meets Russell Hoban. An astonishing, dark and scabrous novel. William Boyd (Guardian 27 Nov 2010).