Running: A Novel by Jean Echenoz

By Jean Echenoz

Following his marvelous portrait of Maurice Ravel, Jean Echenoz turns to the lifetime of one of many maximum runners of the 20 th century, and once more demonstrates his surprising talents as a prose stylist. Set opposed to the backdrop of the Soviet liberation and post–World conflict II communist rule of Czechoslovakia, Running— a bestseller in France—follows the famed occupation of Czech runner Emil Zátopek: a manufacturing unit employee who, regardless of an preliminary contempt for athletics as a tender guy, is compelled to take part in a footrace and shortly develops a curious ardour for the actual limits he discovers as a long-distance runner.

Zátopek, who tenaciously invents his personal brutal education routine, is going directly to develop into a countrywide hero, successful an extraordinary 3 gold medals on the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and breaking numerous international documents alongside the best way. yet simply as his popularity brings him upon the realm degree, he needs to face the realities of an more and more controlling regime.

Written in Echenoz’s signature style—elegant but playful—Running is either a superbly imagined and completed portrait of a guy and his paintings, and a strong depiction of a country’s propagandizing snatch on his fate.

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