Review of Procházková’s Freshta in British, Czech and Slovak Review

‘In the best Czech tradition, Procházková uses plenty of humour. She does her best to understand without passing judgment…expertly translated by Julia Sherwood…Her [Sherwood’s] rendering of Freshta is similarly flawless: smooth and easy to read. I cannot recommend the book high enough.’ by Zuzana Slobodová, British, Czech and Slovak Review


More praise for Petra Procházková’s Freshta:

‘Petra Procházková’s assured debut, Freshta, a bitter-sweet hymn to Afghanistan told from an outsider’s perspective.’ Lucy Popescu, Huffington Post

‘a surprisingly easy read…diverse and hugely entertaining cast of characters…Freshta is not a novel that offers easy answers to questions about war, women or the West, but it is a novel that is moving and funny in the most unexpected ways.’ Judging Covers

‘This was my favourite book of those published by Stork Press…[Herra's] witty observations are the true strength of the novel. It is not because of the ‘family secrets’, ‘tales of husbands and lovers’ you should read this book but because of its cultural perceptiveness which shows a more complex picture of Afghanistan. Also, did I say it was funny?’ Book Snob

‘The characters are vivid and the reader really feels for them all caught up in their family dilemmas and the cultural misunderstandings that arise with well meaning, but culturally unaware foreign aid workers… brilliant, insightful and entertaining.’ Shapeshifting Green

‘Prochazkova is expert at creating scenes of familial chaos with ten things happening at once, and emotions running high.’ Little Words

‘I could not but recommend this novel to anyone wanting either a humane and balanced description of Afghan and traditional Muslim life or simply a highly engaging story with characters whose vividness is matched by their ability to generate empathy.’ Blogbook

‘the plot is gripping, the characters convincing and the story ultimately life-affirming…Highly recommended!…Translator Julia Sherwood has done a great job in introducing many unfamiliar words and concepts without burdening the text with long explanations.’ A Discount Ticket to Everywhere

‘Herra’s voice is a revelation, an unexpected blend of humour and pragmatism… a fantastic novel that reads as warm, intelligent fiction…funny, smart and so carefully written that it lit up a region that has, for me, been almost completely obscured by depressingly sterile documentaries and bombastic war reports until now.’ Alex in Leeds


To find out more about Petra and Freshta please follow this link.

Read Julia Sherwood’s reflections on translating Freshta.

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