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Haunted by the past: Winterberg’s Last Journey, by Jaroslav Rudis, reviewed

A garrulous nonagenarian and his patient carer make a long train trip to Sarajevo, hoping to solve a decades-old murder mystery

8 June 2024

9:00 AM

8 June 2024

9:00 AM

Winterberg’s Last Journey Jaroslav Rudis, translated by Kris Best

Jantar, pp.440, 19.99

Jaroslav Rudis’s latest novel follows the 99-year-old Wenzel Winterberg, a Sudetenland German, and his middle-aged Czech carer, Jan Kraus, on what is a quirky European take on the buddy road-trip story. Marx claimed that ‘men make their own history’, but do so under the burden of the past, with the weight of dead generations upon them.

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