My Brother the Messiah

By Martin Vopenka

Category: Fiction, SciFi, Translation

Formats available: Paperback, Ebook

Pages: 257

Publication date: 11/02/21

ISBN-13: 9781909954472

ISBN-10: 1909954470

Science Fiction Book of the Month – The Times: ‘Weaves a gloomy, gripping, spiritual spell all of its own.’

‘A subtle and provocative meditation on the nature of faith and hope in the face of despair and chaos.’ – Aurealis

It’s 2096. Scientists work to protect a baking planet. What a drought-stricken Europe needs is rain. What it gets is a messiah.

Eli is born in a suburb of Prague. A rainstorm heralds the birth. Perhaps this messiah is for real. Eli’s father abandons the family to become the dictator’s right-hand man. Eli’s elder brother Marek guides Eli through his short and powerful life.

Can tales of a messiah be enough to heal a ravaged planet in which few babies are born? If so, Marek works with the zeal of a prophet. Aged 72, he’s still going strong. A new follower joins Marek’s community, young Natalia. She awakens the old man to the joys of the body. But what’s the worth of a human love when the environment is collapsing? Marek sets out to find his answer.

My Brother the Messiah is a story about daring to seed the future of our planet.

Translated from the Czech by Anna Bryson Gustova.

Reviews

'Vopenka creates a dynamic and vivid account of societies in complete free-fall ... chillingly beautiful in its descriptive violence. This is an Acts of the Apostles for a post-Christian Europe,...Yet the author is not a Czech Nikos Kazantzakis imposing wholesale an aged scriptural drama onto a current or future society. The book’s ending proves that conclusively. It is satisfyingly uncertain and unexpected: troubling and problematic certainly, but also with a candle’s flicker of warm comfort.'

- Paul Simon - Morning Star

'Weaves a gloomy, gripping, spiritual spell all of its own.'

- Simon Ings - The Times, Science Fiction Book of the Month

'Vopenka's voice is Czech yet global and his prose compelling.'

- Judith Herman, Jewish Renaissance

My Brother the Messiah presents a nightmarish vision of a future where human selfishness has all but destroyed the Earth, and the only apparent hope is either in religion or science. Czech author Martin Vopenka tackles complex contemporary issues in his writing. My Brother the Messiah is no exception—a quietly profound story that moves slowly at a deliberate pace and stays compelling. It presents a subtle and provocative meditation on the nature of faith and hope in the face of despair and chaos.

- Tessa Chudy - Aurealis

‘Rivals Orwell’s 1984’ Digitimes

- Digitimes

‘Rivals Orwell’s 1984’

- Digitimes

Vopěnka has yet again produced a book that explores many pressing issues of the near future. Highly readable, beautiful and terrifying at the same time, it presents to us a future that may not be as distant as it may seem at first sight.”

- iLiteratura - Eliška Prokopová

‘An insider's guide to the world after the apocalypse.’

- Jaroslav Totusek, Lidovky

Vopěnka has yet again produced a book that explores many pressing issues of the near future. Highly readable, beautiful and terrifying at the same time, it presents to us a future that may not be as distant as it may seem at first sight.”

- Eliška Prokopová, iLiteratura

Martin Vopenka

The Jewish-Czech author Martin Vopěnka is one of the leading voices in world literature, writing with ‘with a deft and compellingly simple control of sentences that is reminiscent of both Kafka and Kundera’ – Choice. “Martin Vopenka is one of my favourite Czech writers because, like Milan Kundera, he is beyond geography. You can’t find one anecdote or joke in his works; he is not boasting about his sense of humour. He is a modern writer for people under forty who have realized that real life is elsewhere. His writings …

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The Times crowns a great launch week for Martin Vopenka, making his MY BROTHER THE MESSIAH their Science Fiction Book of the Month. This is a HARD book to grapple with in a short piece, but we’re impressed how well reviewers have taken to the task. Simon Ings grapples with …