Czech culture this week: Art from a Chinese exile and a new expat novel

Duncan Robertson’s new book Visegrad: A Novel (New Europe Books, 2022) takes place in an imaginary world that combines elements of Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Krakow, and Berlin. The protagonist, an expat writer named Rye, gets himself mixed up with loan sharks who are collecting student debt. Rye finds himself in over his head and blocked from leaving the country. In the tradition of expat novels such as “Necessary Errors,” “The Russian’s Debutante Handbook,” and “Prague” whose author Arthur Phillips blurbed the book: “Visegrad is very funny and very insightful—into Central Europe, into the US, into the expat mind.” Available from bookstores and online retailers.

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