Fausto's Afternoon

Jarda Cervenka

In his third collection, Jarda Cervenka shares his stories of the world. In settings that range from Prague to Kenya to the Colombian jungle, Cervenka celebrates discovery, friendship, and the ever-fascinating parade of humanity.

Jarda Cervenka's stories launch the reader on a mystery tour across landscapes by turns achingly familiar and alluringly exotic... These are international stories of our times, and no matter the setting—from Minneapolis to Prague to West Africa and beyond—once again Jarda Cervenka captures the heart. Surely his best collection to date.

— Patricia Hampl, author of The Florist's Daughter

Jarda Cervenka's new book of short stories is more than a delight, it's a continuing revelation: transnational tales of our world in crisis by an author who fills each place with exuberance and illumination. Cervenka is a compassionate man of the world and the reader gets to view more of its remote and damaged locales in this volume than anyone could wish for. A truly memorable collection.

— William O'Rourke, author of Notts and Criminal Tendencies

Read a sample story: Drinking in Iranduba

ISBN 978-098003752-4       $14 US       Includes free shipping!

Jarda Cervenka is the author of two previous story collections, Mal D'Afrique and The Revenge of Underwater Man, and a children's book, The Adventures of Missi One. He is the recipient of the Richard Sullivan Prize, the Minnesota Voices Prize, The Franz Kafka Award from European Circle Franz Kafka, and the Blue Jacket Award (Japan).

Born and raised in Prague, Cervenka immigrated to the United States in 1968, in the wake of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He was a Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Minnesota for 35 years, and internationally renowned in the field of cytogenetics. He has traveled extensively and lived in Japan, Nigeria and Kenya. Now retired, he and his wife Sasha divide their time between Prague, the Florida Keys, and their home in Minneapolis.

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