By Vladimír Páral

Translated by William Harkins

"Páral masterfully switches from farce to drama and back again, so that
in the end we feel Jost's dilemma even as we're laughing at him."
New York Times Book Review

"A middle-European, existential account of the sexual revolution as seen from
behind an irony curtain – very funny, erotic, and disturbing."
Chicago Tribune

"[B]lack humor at its best."
Publishers Weekly

This twist on the Don Juan story looks at the attractions and difficulties of freedom. In the course of his commute, Jacek Jost is suddenly catapulted out of his daily routine into a world of infinite opportunities. Although written in the 1960s, Catapult remains the greatest novel about the Velvet Revolution, that is, about newfound freedom.

$10.95 paper, $3 e-book, 240 pages, ISBN 0-945774-17-6.

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