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Příběh o spalovači mrtvol trochu podivínském a pilném zaměstnanci pražského krematoria Karlu Kopfrkinglovi patří do prvního období spisovatelovy tvorby Vyšel roku 1967 a spojoval bolestnou reakci na předválečné dramatické situace republiky a celé Evropy s groteskními a černými psychologickými a dějovými motivy Jestliže se tato próza označuje jako psychologický horor správně to vystihuje autorovu a vypravěčovu fascinaci. Well The Cremator was certainly an interesting read Mr Kopfrkingl is an interesting character not wholly unlikeable to begin with wanting the best for his family and is troubled by the cruelty that exists in the world He works in a crematorium and views his job as way of relieving people s suffering and allowing them eternal peace as there is no suffering once your body has returned to ashes However as time progresses he succumbs to the Nazi ideology of his friend and a cremator is the perfect occupation to dispose of those who do not fit with his new way of thinkingFuks has such a uniue narration style I m not even sure I could describe it so I m going to go with the blurbs description it s tragicomic manifesting both tragic and comic aspects This is a horror novel but horror in an almost satirical fashion Out of context I would say this novel gives food for thought on one man s decent into madness It was only once I d read the Afterword at the end of the novel and placed what I d just read in its proper historical context was I able to appreciate fully what Fuks has created I was able to match the characters and ideas present in this novel to the historical and political time in which it s set and while this novel was still one man s descent into madness it became so much than thatI enjoyed this novel particularly because I really liked the narration style I have no illusions that it will appeal to everyone especially as the narration can be very repetitive at times The plot itself is lucid showing in a simple manner how Mr Kopfrkingl succumbed to the Nazi regime Disturbing in its simplicity The Cremator is a horror novel unlike none I ve read before a good and uick read made even powerful by the Afterword

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Spalovač mrtvol

Zlem a smrtí Charakterizovala i titulní postavu jež se v průběhu překotných událostí a pod vlivem mefistofelského přítele ochotně přizpůsobovala nabídnuté příležitosti ke kariéře vyvoleného a končila vraždami a izolací Je ovšem třeba připočítat smutně ironický Fuksův vypravěčský styl který jakoby neosobně věcně nebo cituplně vede dialogy a popisuje a hraje Působí nejenom drasticky ale i panoptikálně Příběh. Mr Kopfrkingl lives in Prague Czechoslovakia and works as an undertaker in a crematorium He hates war and violence and is enchanted by Tibetan Buddhism He is a loving father and husband and the perfect citizen Seemingly He keeps repeating what seems to be his goal in life to reduce other people s suffering But is it really He seems to be interested in material gifts his friend Willi is getting out of growing closer to the Fascist elements in the country and to the Germans who are about to take over the country Mr Kopfrkingl plays with words and names music and art through which he tries to beautify the world He is using all kinds of rationalizations to try and beautify the horrible things he is willing to do to fit in with the new ideology and to get what he can out of it And it is amazing how easy it is to convince yourself that you are working for the good of humanity and to stay good in your own eyes while at the same time becoming a monster Full of dark and morbid humor this is a disuieting and painful satire that is well worth reading

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Odehrávající se na samém konci 30 let v pražských kulisách v době mnichovské kapitulace a okupace působí až obludně logickým vývojem malého člověka k přijetí zla; patologický případ sleduje až k dovětku s datem pětačtyřicátého roku Díky vnitřnímu napětí lidského příběhu a literárním kvalitám a rovněž díky úspěšnému filmovému zpracování se Spalovač mrtvol počítá k nejlepším prózám Ladislava Fuks. I had lots of thoughts and change of moods while reading it Where could be your place and how to react and stay pure while the oppressive regime From the very beginning Mr Kopf inkl was very unpleasant until the end when he transformed into an evil almost non human who succeeds to kill his own wife and kids This psychological drama is representing very vividly with what kind of pressure most of the Czechs had to cope during the occupation and the bilingual bias that stays in some ways till nowadaysJust a suggestion if you understand the language read it rather in Czech I had it as a gift in English translated great by Eva MKandler Karolinum Press with an explanation of all the names and expressions left in German and Czech for authenticity Nevertheless I was still imagining it to be clear in Czech For example the chlebi ky might be just sounding as regular sandwiches for some but for Czechs that is the festive formal food when people gather on holidays or birthdays They represent a tradition The power of the narrative relies heavily on the language The movie by the book sets out in 68 which is another year of shock and repression for the country but I will strongly recommend reading the book first


10 thoughts on “Spalovač mrtvol

  1. says:

    A young friend of mine encouraged me to finally read this novel Her school had invited her class to a theater production

  2. says:

    Well The Cremator was certainly an interesting read Mr Kopfrkingl is an interesting character not wholly unlikeable to begin with wanting the best for his family and is troubled by the cruelty that exists in the world He

  3. says:

    the sooner man returns to dust the sooner he’ll be liberated transformed enlightened be reincarnatedThe person who opts for cremation will be absolutely certain for the rest of his life that there’s nothing to worry about‘It seems rather hard what the Gestapo has done But there was probably nothing else to be done about it

  4. says:

    Absolutely brillinat and horrific story I have read it in the Czech language and appreciate surrealism and poetic expressio

  5. says:

    Mr Kopfrkingl lives in Prague Czechoslovakia and works as an undertaker in a crematorium He hates war and violence and is enchanted by Tibetan Buddhism He is a loving father and husband and the perfect citizen Seemingly He keeps repeating what seems to be his goal in life – to reduce other people’s suffering But is it really? He seems to be interested in material gifts his friend Willi is getting out of growing cl

  6. says:

    I read this as part of an online cultural studies course A dark and powerful read; the chilling story of devoted family man Mr Kopfrkingl living in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation of 1938 45 Mr K manages a crematorium and he believes death releases people from their suffering Under the influence of Willi Head of Nazi se

  7. says:

    I really like the idea of several characters appearing repeatedly as the story continues I believe that it helepd

  8. says:

    The book surprised me A lotIt is definitely not an easy book to read and the story is strong and it's better to know histori

  9. says:

    I had lots of thoughts and change of moods while reading it Where could be your place and how to react and stay pure while the oppressive regime From the very beginning Mr Kopfřinkl was very unpleasant until the end when he transformed into an evil almost non human who succeeds to kill his own wife and kids This psychological drama is representing very vividly with what kind of pressure most of the Czechs ha

  10. says:

    The book will take you on a tour of a dark demented mind Yet somehow if you have right sense of humor the author managed to make it funny as