Peter Pišťanek: Rivers of Babylon (2582 words)

Peter Darovec (Comenius University)
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Peter Pišťanek’s 1991 literary debut, Rivers of Babylon (the original Slovak title is in English) is widely considered the most influential Slovak novel of the post-Communist period. It is a revolutionary novel in a number of ways: first, in its original poetics, unheard-of in Slovak literature; secondly, the fact that it was written at the time of the 1989 Velvet Revolution; and, finally, that it thematised that period of radical social change almost before it happened. By the standards of Slovak fiction, it had relative success in reaching English readers: Peter Petro’s English translation was praised by the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Independent and the

Citation: Darovec, Peter. "Rivers of Babylon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 November 2020 [, accessed 16 October 2021.]

39458 Rivers of Babylon 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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