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A Brief History of Living Forever

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An audacious novel set in near-future America, from the critically-acclaimed author of SPACEMAN OF BOHEMIA.

When Adela discovers she has a terminal illness, her thoughts turn to Tereza, the American-raised daughter she gave up at birth. Leaving behind her moody, grown son, Roman in their native Czech village, she flies to the United States to find the long-lost daughter who never knew her.

In New York City, Tereza is working as the star researcher for two suspicious biotech moguls hellbent on developing a ‘god pill’ to extend human life indefinitely. But before Tereza can find a cure for Adela, her mother dies mysteriously.

Narrated from the beyond by Adela, A Brief History of Living Forever is a high-wire act of storytelling. By turns insightful, moving and funny, the novel blends an immigrant mother’s heartbreaking journey through the American dream with her children’s quest to reclaim her from a country that would erase any record of her existence.

(P) 2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Ambitious, exciting . . . Kalfar knows his way around a sentence. By turns aphoristic and lyrical, with touches of Don DeLillo, Kalfar's prose contains plenty of stylish wisdom . . . Mixing fantasy, satire, horror and metaphysics, A Brief History has many stories to tell. But the pulse animating each of them is the shock of sudden loss - of jobs, of loved ones, of a world you thought you knew
Frank Lawton, Daily Telegraph
A thoroughly original story from a writer to watch
Ingenious . . . With a perceptive satirical slant and sharp humour, Kalfar builds a plausibly terrifying world
Publishers Weekly
Inventive and heartfelt, this dystopian take on the immigrant experience and the American Dream packs a walloping punch
Jaroslav Kalfar's A Brief History of Living Forever is a book from the future, here to deliver an urgent story about the present. Extending the speculative logics of Franz Kafka's Amerika and working in the dreamlike, psychic registers of Philip K. Dick's Ubik, Kalfar presents an entrancing, lucid, and incisive vision of immortality that starts and ends with the self-this is a brilliant, disorienting, and endlessly fascinating read
Tom Lin, author of the Carnegie Medal winner The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu
A dystopian romp with a tender centre . . . I didn't want it to end
Kate Knibbs, Wired