The Hot Summer of 1968


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Mandel Vilar Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

VILIAM KLIMÁČEK is Slovakia's most popular contemporary playwright. He graduated from Bratislava University's Faculty of Medicine and worked as an anesthesiologist at the Cardiovascular Surgery Hospital in Bratislava. Since co-founding the alternative theatre GUnaGU in 1985, he has been its actor, director, and playwright. In the mid-1990s he gave up medical practice, devoting himself entirely to the theatre and writing. He has been awarded the prestigious Alfred Radok Prize for the best Czech and Slovak play of the year on five occasions. Although his name is mainly associated with the theatre, he is also a popular fiction writer. His most successful books include the novels Naďa má čas (Naďa is Not in a Hurry, 2002), Námestie kozmonautov (Astronaut Square, 2007) and especially Bratislava 68: Été brûlant (Horúce leto 68/The Hot Summer of 68, 2011). He also writes plays for radio and television.
Dr. Peter Petro, the translator, is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Born in Slovakia, he began his studies at the Comenius University in Bratislava and continued his studies at the University of British Columbia earning his 1970 and a M.A. in Russian literature in 1972. At the University of Alberta he earned his Ph.D. in 1978 in comparative literature. In 1977 he was appointed to teach Russian language and literature at UBC, and later became Chair of the Program in Modern European Studies. He taught Russian language and literature as well as in Slavic literatures in translation. He is the author of several books including a translation of the prize-winning novel by Milan Simecka, The Year of the Frog (1993) and a translation of Alexei Fulmek's Dispatches from the Home Front (2000).