D.A.N. Jones, 21 March 1985
Show More The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Paul Wilson.
Chatto, 571 pp., £9.95, February 1985, 9780701129316Show More
The Governess by Patricia Angadi.
Gollancz, 181 pp., £8.95, February 1985, 0 575 03485 8Show More
The Anderson Question by Bel Mooney.
Hamish Hamilton, 185 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 9780241114568Show More
The Centre of the Universe is 18 Baedekerstrasse by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy.
Hamish Hamilton, 199 pp., £8.95, March 1985, 0 241 11492 6Show More
“... Josef Skvorecky left Czechoslovakia in 1968 and is now Professor of English at Erindale College in Canada. His new novel is about a Czech called Danny Smiricky who also emigrated to Canada in 1968 and who has become Professor of American Literature at Edenvale College. The invented name, ‘Edenvale’, illustrates Smiricky’s mixed feelings about his academic life in Canada: it might seem idyllic, paradisal, to a Czech who spent his youth under the Nazis and then the Communists, but he often catches himself thinking that his students and fellow teachers are too innocent, like Adam before the Fall, too naive, too credulous ...”