Augustin Zimmermann

Prague 1960s. Augustin Zimmermann, the main protagonist of this novel represents an almost archetypal model of an unhappy person. While the world around him is productive and prosperous during the Industrial Revolution, his family is struggling with an existential crisis exacerbated by his alcoholism and hopeless attempts to succeed in this new world.

Augustin’s uncertain past, strange unease and deceitful nature cast a dark shadow on his entire family, which is spiralling into increasing despair and falling to the bottom of the social hierarchy from which there is no escape. The story culminates tragically in Prague’s Josefov quarter, a place of misery, which for centuries was a Jewish ghetto.

The author uses historical events to conjure a timeless parable about the foolish desire to break free from one’s nature and dark passions.


RELEVANT INFORMATIONAugustin Zimmermann was awarded the Jirí Orten Prize and shortlisted for Magnesia Litera Dilia in the “Discovery of the Year” category.

An intriguing story inspired by the true story of Augustin Zimmermann and his family. Critics assure Augustin Zimmerman feels like reading the Czech Èmile Zola.

The author, Zuzana Kultánová, also works as a literary columnist and critic in cooperation with several literary platforms.

Augustin Zimmermann is her first book and it was a great success amond the critics and the audience.


POTENTIAL FORMATS: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.


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