The title piece, Ever Green Is…, tells the story of a life spent in Central Europe from the imperial period through Communism. The narrator attempts to tell of his seduction by the Austro-Hungarian head of intelligence, but unable to help himself, he spins off a hilarious mosaic of exaggerations, anecdotes, and philosophical musings instead. This collection also includes the short story “Everything I know about Central Europeanism with a Little Friendly Help from Olomouc and Camus,” in which the narrator meets the gloomy existentialist while en route to serve on the jury of the Miss People’s Democracy Pageant, and the acclaimed short novel A Horse Upstairs, a Blind Man in Vráble.
Read an excerpt from Ever Green Is…
More About This Title in the Press
- “An Interview with Pavel Vilikovský” on literalab
- “Hope Amid the Jibes” by Gwendolyn Albert in Transitions Online, April 2003
- Abstract of “Czechs, Sex, Spies and Torture: Slovak Identity as Translation in Vilikovsky's Ever Green Is…” by Charles Sabatos in Comparative Literature Studies, January 2003
- “Ever Green Is…” by Robert Murray Davis in World Literature Today, April 2002, partially reprinted on Kirkus Review, April 2002