Antihrdina / Antihero

The book takes us to Utopia, a country with neither commerce nor private property, established by a figure known as Lodestar, who then ruled with the firm hand of a dictator. Twenty years ago, however, she perished in a mining disaster together with two hundred other people, leaving behind her a son by name of Antti Hrdina. Through him, Lodestar’s political legacy lives on. A journalist, Michele Pol, nicknamed Tzal, is, together with his colleague, Lia, assigned the task of initiating him into the world of journalism. Given that Antti Hrdina is considered such an important person in the country, however, it is not an easy task. A labour law called Flux has recently come into effect and is arousing conflicting reactions in the inhabitants of Utopia. In a few days an international congress called Ekorast is going to be held in the hated enemy country of KoroNova and Antti Hrdina is going to be one of the main speakers. Tzal and Lia are tasked with accompanying the young man throughout the whole event. While in Utopia there is general contempt for environmental issues, the people of KoraNova are obsessed with ecology. This creates deep divisions between the two countries which seem to be leading to open conflict. The congress is therefore very important in determining the destiny of both sides. 

The novel addresses a number of highly topical themes – the use of disinformation, media manipulation and disillusionment with political elites. The author uses a range of postmodern elements in her work, including a cooking recipe, old legends, scribblings from a notebook, advertising posters and various overlaps of time and place.


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Slovak language



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General Fiction

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Finnish language



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