A very simple summary of the historical background of my novel.

1918-1945 Czechoslovakia became independent after the breakup of the  Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 when the WW1 finished. It used to be an independent kingdom of Bohemia but despite still keeping the name, it was ruled by the Austrians since 1620. Czechoslovakia after 1918 was a prosperous democratic republic. Prague had a long history of Jewish inhabitants, and the Old New Synagogue in Prague , built … Continue reading A very simple summary of the historical background of my novel.

With a book cover, the book suddenly seems real.

I didn’t like it, but everybody else does, so I must be wrong. I got used to it. I had correspondence with the marketing team from my British publisher and found out that they will only do trade and media marketing in the UK. That was a bit of a disappointment. So I will need to use some of my contacts and social media. Both … Continue reading With a book cover, the book suddenly seems real.

Why I never liked Czech and Slovak Easter and it won’t change. Still true in 2021.

Of course, we all know that the Christians cleverly took over and adapted pagan holidays and changed them. I don’t know anybody in Czech republic , and not many people in Slovakia who celebrate Easter in church.  Easter has very little to do with Jesus over there. Statistically, Czech republic is the most secular country in the world. I like it. But I do not … Continue reading Why I never liked Czech and Slovak Easter and it won’t change. Still true in 2021.

Mailing list or no mailing list?

Am I too old for this? The problem is definitely between the monitor and the chair. I have been trying to create a subscription widget for an ocassional newsletter and for letting people who are interested know when my books are published. Maybe they can even pre-order. Well, they can’t , I haven’t mastered the technology. So wish me luck and look for a widget … Continue reading Mailing list or no mailing list?

The reason I am happy and looking forward to 2021

2021 will be a year of containing the pandemic and a new US president but for me the year when my book will get published Yes, I just signed a publishing contract. It is exciting. Of course, there will be plenty of work- editing, proofreading of typeset, choosing cover, helping with marketing. But I can’t wait. ( Of course I will have to wait.) But … Continue reading The reason I am happy and looking forward to 2021

Racism, only small steps to make it disappear.

I am thinking about racism, and how the Europeans very often pretend to themselves that it is just an American and South African problem. I read this article. It surprised me, I knew about racism the West Indian immigrants encountered in the UK in the sixties. But I never realised that it wasn’t just racist landlords with their ” No dogs, no blacks” on the … Continue reading Racism, only small steps to make it disappear.