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The Equestrienne by Ursula Kovalyk
Mon 10 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Evening with Ursula Kovalyk from Slovakia to launch The Equestrienne, published by the Parthian Books!
‘An arresting tale of equestrian daring and a young girl’s coming of age set during the final years of communist rule in former Czechoslovakia.’ – Lucy Popescu
The Equestrienne takes us back to 1984 and a small town in the east of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Karolína is growing up. it is not easy. Her mother has too many boyfriends and her grandmother carries a knife. In an attempt to escape she joins a riding school on the edge of town. There she befriends Romana, a girl with one leg shorter than the other and Matilda, a rider and trainer who helps the two girls overcome their physical limitations. Together they found a successful trick riding team. Soon the town doesn’t seem so small anymore as Karolína explores Pink Floyd and smoking, and discovers her knack for seeing deep into others’ souls.
It’s a poetic and caustically funny coming-of-age novel, translated from Slovak by the hugely experienced Julia and Peter Sherwood.
This evening Ursula and Julia will discuss the book, translation and its literary contexts. The evening will be moderated by Zuzana Slobodova.