Peter Pišt'anek, translated by Peter Petro The End of Freddy (Rivers of Babylon 3) 2008. pp 320. ISBN 978-0-9535878-6-5 £13.99
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Pišt'anek's tour de force of 1999 turns car-park attendant and porn king Freddy Piggybank into a national hero, and the unsinkable Rácz aspires to be an oil oligarch, after Slovaks on an Arctic archipelago rise up against oppression. The novel expands from a mafia-ridden Bratislava to the Czech lands dreaming of new imperial glory, and a post-Soviet Arctic hell. Death-defying adventure and psychological drama supersede sheer black humour.