Two Murders in My Double Life
In Josef Skvorecky's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist ... Show synopsis In Josef Skvorecky's first novel written in English, the narrator lives in two radically dissimilar worlds: the exile world of the post-Communist Czech Republic, where old feuds, treacherous betrayals, and friendships persevere; and the comfortable, albeit bland world of middle-class Canada. Murder intrudes upon both of these worlds. One features a young female sleuth, a college beauty queen, jealousy in the world of academia, and a neat conclusion. The other is a tragedy caused by evil social forces and philosophies, in which a web of lies insidiously entangles Sidonia, the narrator's wife. A brilliantly stylish tour de force in which the bright, sarcastic comedy of one tale sharply contrasts with the dark, elegiac bitterness of the other, Two Murders in My Double Life confirms Skvorecky's reputations as one of the most versatile, engaging, and compassionate writers.