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Conversation with Czech writer Martin Vopěnka

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles in partnership with DIESEL, A Bookstore are delighted to invite you to the Reading & Discussion  with Czech writer and visionary Martin Vopěnka on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 pm at the Diesel Bookstore Brentwood. 

Mr. Vopěnka will introduce in person his novel  My Brother the Messiah, newly published in the United States. Reading will be presented by Czech Actress, writer and model Tereza Srbová, best known for her role in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. Publisher Mr. Martin Goodman and Consul General Jaroslav Olša, Jr. himself a writer and publisher will deliver the opening remarks

Learn more about the event HERE


Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 pm 

DIESEL, A Bookstore, located at the Brentwood Country Mart 
225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, CA 90402 

The Jewish-Czech author Martin Vopěnka is one of the leading voices in world literature, writing ‘with a deft and compellingly simple control of sentences that is reminiscent of both Kafka and Kundera’ (Choice).

Martin Vopěnka was born in Prague in 1963. The son of the famous mathematician Petr Vopěnka, Martin studied Mathematics and Physics at the Czech Technical University in Prague but was always intent on being a writer. He views the contemporary world with caution, and his novels explore spirituality, the future, and the nature of humankind. He writes for the national daily paper MF Dnes and a long-term chairs the Czech Publishers’ and Booksellers Association. In 2016 his Nová Planeta (New Planet) won the country’s premier Golden Ribbon Award. My Brother the Messiah is a haunting, provocative look at our future. 

It’s 2103 and Earth is baking. Scientists attempt to cool down the planet. With the coming of rain, a messiah is born. 
Eli is a technophobe haunted by premonitions of what will come. His strange magnetism draws many to his cause. For his brother Marek, Eli has always been a messiah. After his short and powerful life, Eli's most haunting prediction comes to pass: children stop being born. 
Thirty-five years later, only The Followers of Eli bear children. Marek leads his commune under the glare of the entire world, and recounts Eli’s story to his lover, Natalia. When she is snatched from him, Marek suspects both the followers and outside forces are to blame. Lessons from Marek’s past and revelations from his present inspire one final journey in his brother’s footsteps. 
My Brother the Messiah explores spirituality in the twilight of human civilization and presents a dark, vivid future of our world. Check out the teaser HERE.

Books are available for purchase HERE or in person at the Diesel Bookstore.