The hotel dated from the last years of Communism: a sleek modern building of the sort built all over the world, on the main square, very tall, towering by many storeys over the city’s roof tops. Josef settled into his seventh-floor room and went to the window. It was seven in the evening, dusk was…
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Translated by Linda Asher
Linda Asher is the former fiction editor at The New Yorker. She has translated Milan Kundera, Georges Simenon and Victor Hugo from French into English. She is the recipient of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.More about the translator →