In a small chapel in the Bohemian countryside, a statue of Saint Joseph bows in blessing. The priest and congregation celebrate this miracle with triumphant joy, but Danny Smirick-who has been dragged to church by one of his students to atone for some delicious mutual sinning-is troubled by the phenomenon, and haunted by the tragedy that follows. Not until after another 'miracle' almost 20 years later-the Prague Spring of 1968 - does he sort out the tangled threads of this disputed act of God. The Miracle Game sets the hilarious tale of Danny's early life-with his hapless romantic entanglemens and his endless narrow escapes-against the dark ironies of the Prague Spring and the Russian invasion that crushed it. A magnificent black comedy on eternal themes, The Miracle Game gains special meaning in light of the Bohemian miracle taking place today.
About the authors
JOSEF SKVORECKY is an award-winning author whose novels include The Cowards, The Bass Saxophone, The Swell Season and The Engineer of Human Souls. Among his numerous literary awards are the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1980), the Governor General’s Award for Fiction (1984) and the Czech Republic State Prize for Literature (1999). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1982, awarded the Order of the White Lion by the President of Czechoslovakia, Václav Havel, in 1990, and in 1992 was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Paul Wilson is an award-winning freelance journalist, magazine editor, radio producer and translator of Czech literature. He has contributed essays, articles and reviews to many north American and European publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Starand other literary and general interest magazines including The Walrus, which he helped establish as deputy editor and then editor (2003-4), Saturday Night, where he was Senior Editor from 1998- 2001, The Idler(Associate Editor, 1988-1992), and Books in Canada. He has worked as a books producer for three national CBC Radio shows: The Arts Tonight, with Shelagh Rogers; Morningside, with Peter Gzowski, and This Morning with Michael Enright and Avril Benoit. He has translated many plays, essays, books, and speeches by Václav Havel. His translation of The Engineer of Human Souls, by Josef Škvorecký, was awarded the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1984, and his translation of Ivan Klíma's My Golden Trades was short listed for the Independent newspaper's International Translation Award in 1993. His latest published translations include Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult (2015) and All My Cats (2019), both by Bohumil Hrabal.
Other titles by Josef Skvorecky
The Swell Season
An Inexplicable Story
Two Murders in My Double Life
The Mournful Demeanor of Lieutenant Boruvka
The Bass Saxophone
When Eve Was Naked
A Journey Through Life
The End of Lieutenant Boruvka
Talkin Moscow Blues
Essays About Literature, Politics, Movies, And Jazz