Marek Technik was born in Olomouc in 1982. In 1999, he realized that literature is the most complex means of representing the human experience. He is an ENTP personality, enjoys reading catalogues and creating lists, loves animals, and is a vegetarian. He has been a film and literature critic since 2010. The Warning is his prose debut. He lives in Prague
LONGTLISTED AMONG 6 BOOKS FOR THE GREATEST LITERARY PRIZE IN CZECHIA (2023)
August 2022, 400 pages
Is this a generational conflict, an issue characteristic of today’s deeply divided society, or a clash between faith and rationality? After losing their husbands, mother Jarka and daughter Karolína have had to find ways of coping with the death of a loved one. Intelligent Karolína tends to rationalize everything, yet she often unexpectedly succumbs to anger and other strong affects. Her mother, who is more attuned to emotion, strives to save Karolína from intellectual nihilism: in her view, the world can never be fully understood through reason only. An unhinged religious blogger who suddenly appears on the scene acts as the catalyst in a lab experiment, and the agents in the compound start reacting wildly. The mother thinks her daughter is losing her religion; the daughter thinks her mother is losing her mind, and both are fighting to save the other’s soul.