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Spaceman of Bohemia

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
An intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition, and self-discovery.

Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Prochazka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions.

Alone in deep space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life, and death and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

Rich with warmth and suspense and surprise, Spaceman of Bohemia is an exuberant delight from start to finish. Very seldom has a novel this profound taken listeners on a journey of such boundless entertainment and sheer fun.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Jaroslav Kalfar has spun an unforgettable tale, a poignant interplanetary work that collapses the distance between us with the beauty of its language and the unstoppable wonder of this universe he's created." - Samantha Hunt

"Spaceman of Bohemia represents the fiery, funny launch of an exciting new voice. Jaroslav Kalfar, like a good literary astronaut, finds levity in gravity, and vice versa." - Sam Lipsyte

"Spaceman of Bohemia is unforgettable: a work of breathtaking scope and heart, and a reflection of humanity that's raw and strange and profound and true." - Lisa McInerney

"Spaceman of Bohemia is a wise and elegant work composed of its own unique ethereal grace - a hauntingly beautiful story of solitude, hope, family, and love that transcends, uplifts, carries the reader away." - Dinaw Mengestu

"I beg you: take this strange, hilarious, profound, life-affirming trip into literary outer space." - Darin Strauss


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Hardback Editions

September 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4328-4329-X / 978-1-4328-4329-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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March 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia: SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4736-3996-4 / 978-1-4736-3996-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 0-316-27343-0 / 978-0-316-27343-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 0-316-27344-9 / 978-0-316-27344-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia: SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4736-3999-9 / 978-1-4736-3999-7 (UK edition)
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March 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia: SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4736-3997-2 / 978-1-4736-3997-3 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4789-7202-5 / 978-1-4789-7202-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia: Library Edition
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
ISBN: 1-4789-7199-1 / 978-1-4789-7199-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia: SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
Publisher: Sceptre
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March 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Spaceman of Bohemia
Author(s): Jaroslav Kalfar
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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