The Game for Real


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Two Lines Press
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5.0 X 1.3 X 8.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Weiner (1884-1937) is widely considered to be one of the most important Czech writers of the 20th century. The author of several works of poetry and prose, his writing was suppressed during the Communist period and only became recognized for its importance after 1989.

Benjamin Paloff is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan. He is the translator of several works of prose and poetry and the author of a book of poetry, The Politics. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.


"For me, the pinnacles of prose are Hasek, Kafka, Weiner, Klima." -- Bohumil Hrabal, author of Harlequin's Millions

"These novellas are intense, funny, and vivid explorations of selfhood and identity. Their publication was long overdue." -- Electric Literature

"Well worth the effort for moments of beauty and the overwhelming sense of anxiety." -- Publishers Weekly

"In this strange and compelling novel . . . the settings and characters morph and blend in a constantly shifting phantasmagoria of existential angst. One of Modernism's true gems." -- Numéro Cinq

"He really is a kind of European mind, that brings in the experience of trench warfare in Serbia, of cafés of a provincial capital of the Hapsburg Empire and a close connection with the Parisian avant-garde, as well as just the fact that his stories are just so enjoyable to read." -- Radio Prague

"Weiner's strength lies in his exceptional turns of phrase. . . . [His] arresting prose and aptitude for depicting the nuances of human cruelty should . . . encourage future translations." -- Times Literary Supplement

"The crowning achievement of Richard Weiner's career and one of the most powerful works of Czech Modernist literature." -- PEN America

"Richard Weiner is considered to be one of the most important Czech
writers of the 20th century." -- Alfred Thomas, professor of European Literature, University of Illinois