A selection of texts of the Swiss-Slovak writer (1950) about her experiences with the exile, written in the years 1981 - 2017.
"The writing of the Swiss-Slovak writer and journalist Irena Brežná has been shaped by her experience of leaving Czechoslovakia in 1968. The both forced and chosen addition of another place she called home became a source of her unusual observations about the society in both Eastern and Western Europe. The texts of this particular selection which is already the author's sixth book published in Slovak were written between 1981 and 2007. They present the reader with various topics interconnected with a way of thinking that is thoughtful, essayistic, playfully poetic and at the same time factual as it ponders the misuse and also (cosmpolitan) civil use of power, fear of the other and the shaping of a society, lies and ideals, distance and proximity, cohabitation or simply the uniqueness of life - in Czechoslovakia, Russia, Guinea, Chechnya, Switzerland or in Slovakia..."
(Jana Cviková, the book's editor and one of its two translators from German)