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

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.

Reviews

‘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, ‘reminiscent of both Kafka and Kundera’ – Choice. Martin’s 1989 debut Kameny z hor (Rocks from the Mountains) recorded memories and emotions from a journey across the Romanian Carpathians. His novels and travel writing since have continued to deliver a deep and intense exploration of our modern world. In 2016 his Nová Planeta (New Planet) won the country’s premier Golden Ribbon Award. Martin heads the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers and owns Práh publishing house.