Klára Teršová

Klára Teršová was born in Aš in 1989. She majored in Political Science at the University of Hradec Králové and Economics at the Czech University of Life Sciences. She spent two semesters in Salamanca and Granada in Spain and worked as an intern in Brussels. After graduating, she took a job in public administration and dreamed of becoming a diplomat in a Hispanic country. She started writing at an early age for school newspapers and magazines and pleasure. She was led back to Aš by coincidence. Soon, the unsettled town in the borderlands prompted her to found the non-profit organization Smrčiny, which aims to develop a contradictory, beautiful place. She found inspiration for The White Spring in the city’s past and present, its dilapidation and beautiful nature. The author currently runs her café in the village of Vernéřov near Aš. She blogs about baking, the Aš region, and life at the edge of the world.

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The White Spring

May 2022, 180 pages

A disturbing testimony of a time and people we would rather forget

Aš: the westernmost town in the country was once the crown jewel of the Sudetenland, where the textile industry and trade flourished. A town that once housed countless shops, restaurants, and cafés. This story of a time when everything began crumbling down begins in 1915 and ends with the expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia. Politics, however, loom in the background of this work of literature.

The book tells the story of Hedvika, who has felt inadequate her whole life. Hedvika is a girl whose drive compels her to do certain things while preventing her from doing others. She vehemently struggles to break free of the village of Wernersreuth (today’s Vernéřov), but she is permanently bound.

Hedvika is both detached and connected, indifferent and invested, rebellious and humble. She is confronted with alienation and love—the kind of love you read about in romance novels but presented here without embellishments.

The White Spring is a tribute to Aš, whose former glory is now long forgotten but can be found in remnants. Houses are made of crumbling walls, cellars, and wells. It is a mysterious place where nature paid the price for the town’s historical development. Yet the author’s imaginative portrayal depicts Aš as a rich and beautiful town with enormous potential. That is why she writes about it and why she lives there.

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