The Attempt
The Attempt
A Novel
Magdaléna Platzová

Translated by Alex Zucker

This novel was destined for any lover of history, modern philosophy, and radical politics. Like The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but without the lightness. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books

When a Czech historian becomes convinced he's the illegitimate great-grandson of an infamous anarchist who attempted an assassination while living in the United States, he travels to New York to investigate. Arriving in Manhattan during the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement, his research takes him further back into the past—from the Pittsburgh home of a nineteenth-century US industrialist to 1920s Europe, where a celebrated anarchist couple is on the run from the law.

Based on the lives of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, The Attempt is a novel about the legacy of radical politics and relationships—one that traverses centuries and continents to deliver a moving, powerful story of personal and political transformation.

Magdaléna Platzová's novel The Attempt is translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker, an award-winning translator of Czech literature. He has received an English PEN Award for Writing in Translation, an NEA Literary Fellowship, and the ALTA National Translation Award. He currently serves as cochair of the PEN America Translation Committee and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Title The Attempt
Subtitle A Novel
Author Magdaléna Platzová
Translated by Alex Zucker
Publisher Bellevue Literary Press
Title First Published 28 April 2016
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 1942658087
ISBN-13 9781942658085
Publication Date 28 April 2016
Main content page count 224
Weight 16 oz.

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