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  1. says:

    A young friend of mine encouraged me to finally read this novel Her school had invited her class to a theater production of the book at the prestigious Stavovské Divadlo National Scene in Prague She was impressed with the performance but expressed the following assessment of the play itself “It was psychopathic and it gave me nightmares” Like many people outside of the Czech and Slovak Republics I was familiar with Ladislav Fuks’ short novel through its film adaptation by Juraj Herz The book and the film is considered a modern classic and it was amongst the first East European films to see distribution on DVD back in the early naughts in USA through Facets and in UK on the Second Run imprint While the film also scripted by Fuks follows the book fairly closely in terms of plot the character of Mr Kopfrkingl the cremator of the title is developed very differently in the bookOpening in the late thirties Kopfrkingl is initially portrayed as a fairly typical burgher of Prague He is married to a raven haired beauty whom he adores above all else on earth He has two teenaged children a good position at the crematorium and a nice apartment close to the center of the city He is a normal person on the simple side who does not ask the big uestions He wants what the vast spectrum of humanity wants – to belong and feel loved to be accepted and even respected to have security and to prosper and provide for his family He is naïve even willfully naïve; using his simplicity as a shield against any threat to his sense of safety and euilibrium Hence he experiences the Jewish people he interacts with through work and as neighbors as kind and friendly and although he does have “a drop of German blood” in his veins it is not something he gives much thought because he naturally sees himself as Czech before anything else He is not oblivious to the changes that are taking place in the world around him but he feigns ignorance and he picks up on bits and pieces of news and conversation that he makes his own vernacular brushing off any sense of threat with repeated clichés such as “we live in a civilized world” and “people do not tolerate violence”However in the background of the story the world is changing rapidly The German Nation is making claims on the Sudetenland and gradually Kopfrkingl is literally made to understand that he is not an island Moreover it is made clear to him that a man with “a drop of German blood” in his veins and with expertise and ability can advance in society provided that he is adaptable in his world view Given Kopfrkingl’s character it is not difficult to imagine that he will find ways to bend his sense of reality ever so slightly to conform to these changes around him and how slowly as the world becomes and insane we end up with a man that is a monster Here is not an evil man not even an overly opportunistic man simply a man who does his best to fit in and adapt The tone of Fuks’ book is very darkly humorous and his portrayal of Kopfrkingl is grotesue to the point where he almost sabotages the intent of his novel Few books have probably come closer to answering the uestion of how people managed to perform unspeakable acts during the last world war or during any other time in history However the character of Kopfrkingl is perhaps just a touch too pathetic and intrinsically weak to make most readers able to identify with him and accept that the slow change from a good decent person to a demonic arbiter of all that is base and evil is not uniue to this man his time or his place


  2. says:

    Well The Cremator was certainly an interesting read Mr Kopfrkingl is an interesting character not wholly unlikeable to begin with wanting the best for his family and is troubled by the cruelty that exists in the world He works in a crematorium and views his job as way of relieving people’s suffering and allowing them eternal peace as there is no suffering once your body has returned to ashes However as time progresses he succumbs to the Nazi ideology of his friend and a cremator is the perfect occupation to dispose of those who do not fit with his new way of thinkingFuks has such a uniue narration style I’m not even sure I could describe it so I’m going to go with the blurbs description – it’s tragicomic manifesting both tragic and comic aspects This is a horror novel but horror in an almost satirical fashion Out of context I would say this novel gives food for thought on one man’s decent into madness It was only once I’d read the ‘Afterword’ at the end of the novel and placed what I’d just read in its proper historical context was I able to appreciate fully what Fuks has created I was able to match the characters and ideas present in this novel to the historical and political time in which it’s set and while this novel was still one man’s descent into madness it became so much than thatI enjoyed this novel particularly because I really liked the narration style; I have no illusions that it will appeal to everyone especially as the narration can be very repetitive at times The plot itself is lucid showing in a simple manner how Mr Kopfrkingl succumbed to the Nazi regime Disturbing in its simplicity The Cremator is a horror novel unlike none I’ve read before – a good and uick read made even powerful by the ‘Afterword’


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    the sooner man returns to dust the sooner he’ll be liberated transformed enlightened be reincarnatedThe person who opts for cremation will be absolutely certain for the rest of his life that there’s nothing to worry about‘It seems rather hard what the Gestapo has done But there was probably nothing else to be done about it nothing at all After all the happiness of millions of people is at stakeThis is such a strange read This book is very funny even laugh out loud funny at times But what starts out rather lighthearted gradually turns incredibly dark and grim We get hints early on around the edges; we hear of poverty starvation suicides and a woman selling skinned cats for money But most of all the Germans on the border who are preparing to invade Prague and the growing fear The protagonist works in the city crematorium and is a sort of naive fool giving prim little speeches mostly reciting what he soaks up from other people like a sponge His wife and children smile and nod He often ruminates aloud on death as a relief from the sufferings of life One of his friends is continually attempting to indoctrinate him into a fascistic worldview This is a character study about how average people go along with the tide and fall into nihilism and violence all while justifying it to themselves every step along the wayThen we get chilling little phrases like Don’t worry nothing’s going to happen to them why should anything happen to them? They’ll just transfer them to another place of work Or when remarking on a Jewish acuaintance He was also sorry for the others Dr Bettelheim and his family for example who no longer had either his car or his surgeryWhat works so well here is the odd narration style it's simple repetitive and often uite funny Always thinking of death coffins and cremation he remarks at a party Young ladies’ he turned to Lenka and the fattish Lála ‘you’re not eating either or perhaps you’re slimming’ and inwardly he thought Slimming that’s a good thing One can at least save on the woodOr Our marriage thought Mr Kopfrkingl and glanced at the wedding ring on his finger is as pure as the sky over the Temple of Death just at the moment when nobody is being crematedThere are several scenes with effective humor all while the disturbing undercurrent rumbles ever louder in the background It makes for a strange uncomfortable reading experience and yet gives you a feeling that this is how banal evil really operates all with a bland petty bourgeoisie civility and politeness


  4. says:

    Absolutely brillinat and horrific story I have read it in the Czech language and appreciate surrealism and poetic expressions I was moved by the internal conflict of Karl Kopfrkingl in between the drop of german blood he clamed and his loyalty to whife and two children with jewish backround Fuks described extraordinary way Karl's journey where he transforms from a family orientated loving husband to a crematormurder of many innocent lives It is suprising and shocking to exept Karl's way of thinking How he does justy his actions to him self family and his nazi friends How he gets manipulated by his nazi friends in combination of influence from Budhism in his favorite yellow book about Tibet and his passion for the work in creamatorium His thinking is that he helps these innocent spirits by turning them in a couple of hours into a pure ash and send then to Universe to help them escape from suffering here in Hitler's Empire I uestion Karl's way of thinking and interacting with the outside world from the beginning When he acts like an dictator in his house and his family has to do anything he sais His view on life and death as well as love for art and music seems to be part of some kind of ideology


  5. says:

    Mr Kopfrkingl lives in Prague Czechoslovakia and works as an undertaker in a crematorium He hates war and violence and is enchanted by Tibetan Buddhism He is a loving father and husband and the perfect citizen Seemingly He keeps repeating what seems to be his goal in life – to reduce other people’s suffering But is it really? He seems to be interested in material gifts his friend Willi is getting out of growing closer to the Fascist elements in the country and to the Germans who are about to take over the country Mr Kopfrkingl plays with words and names music and art through which he tries to beautify the world He is using all kinds of rationalizations to try and “beautify” the horrible things he is willing to do to fit in with the new ideology and to get what he can out of it And it is amazing how easy it is to convince yourself that you are working for the good of humanity and to stay good in your own eyes while at the same time becoming a monster Full of dark and morbid humor this is a disuieting and painful satire that is well worth reading


  6. says:

    I read this as part of an online cultural studies course A dark and powerful read; the chilling story of devoted family man Mr Kopfrkingl living in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation of 1938 45 Mr K manages a crematorium and he believes death releases people from their suffering Under the influence of Willi Head of Nazi security he comes to believe that The Fuhrer is benevolent and thwarted by Jews Mr K's wife has some Jewish blood; therefore so do his children Mr K is the cremator Enough said


  7. says:

    I really like the idea of several characters appearing repeatedly as the story continues I believe that it helepd to create a confined but ironic mood Karl Kopfrkingl is one of the most uniue significant and scary heroes of all time The way the author catured his behaviour and his inner psychology is stunning


  8. says:

    The book surprised me A lotIt is definitely not an easy book to read and the story is strong and it's better to know historical context


  9. says:

    I had lots of thoughts and change of moods while reading it Where could be your place and how to react and stay pure while the oppressive regime From the very beginning Mr Kopfřinkl was very unpleasant until the end when he transformed into an evil almost non human who succeeds to kill his own wife and kids This psychological drama is representing very vividly with what kind of pressure most of the Czechs had to cope during the occupation and the bilingual bias that stays in some ways till nowadaysJust a suggestion if you understand the language read it rather in Czech I had it as a gift in English translated great by Eva MKandler Karolinum Press with an explanation of all the names and expressions left in German and Czech for authenticity Nevertheless I was still imagining it to be clear in Czech For example the 'chlebičky' might be just sounding as regular sandwiches for some but for Czechs that is the festive formal food when people gather on holidays or birthdays They represent a tradition The power of the narrative relies heavily on the language The movie by the book sets out in 68 which is another year of shock and repression for the country but I will strongly recommend reading the book first


  10. says:

    The book will take you on a tour of a dark demented mind Yet somehow if you have right sense of humor the author managed to make it funny as hellThis is one the most memorable book experiences of my life


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Spalovač mrtvol

Příběh o spalovači mrtvol trochu podivínském a pilném zaměstnanci pražského krematoria Karlu Kopfrkinglovi patří do prvního období spisovatelovy tvorby Vyšel roku 1967 a spojoval bolestnou reakci na předválečné dramatické situace republiky a celé Evropy s groteskními a černými psychologickými a dějovými motivy Jestliže se tato próza označuje jako psychologický horor správně to vystihuje autorovu a vypravěčovu fascinaci A young friend of mine encouraged me to finally read this novel Her school had invited her class to a theater production of the book at the prestigious Stavovské Divadlo National Scene in Prague She was impressed with the performance but expressed the following assessment of the play itself “It was psychopathic and it gave me nightmares” Like many people outside of the Czech and Slovak Republics I was familiar with Ladislav Fuks’ short novel through its film adaptation by Juraj Herz The book and the film is considered a modern classic and it was amongst the first East European films to see distribution on DVD back in the early naughts in USA through Facets and in UK on the Second Run imprint While the film also scripted by Fuks follows the book fairly closely in terms of plot the character of Mr Kopfrkingl the cremator of the title is developed very differently in the bookOpening in the late thirties Kopfrkingl is initially portrayed as a fairly typical burgher of Prague He is married to a raven haired beauty whom he adores above all else on earth He has two teenaged children a good position at the crematorium and a nice apartment close to the center of the city He is a normal person on the simple side who does not ask the big uestions He wants what the vast spectrum of humanity wants – to belong and feel loved to be accepted and even respected to have security and to prosper and provide for his family He is naïve even willfully naïve; using his simplicity as a shield against any threat to his sense of safety and euilibrium Hence he experiences the Jewish people he interacts with through work and as neighbors as kind and friendly and although he does have “a drop of German blood” in his veins it is not something he gives much thought because he naturally sees himself as Czech before anything else He is not oblivious to the changes that are taking place in the world around him but he feigns ignorance and he picks up on bits and pieces of news and conversation that he makes his own vernacular brushing off any sense of threat with repeated clichés such as “we live in a civilized world” and “people do not tolerate violence”However in the background of the story the world is changing rapidly The German Nation is making claims on the Sudetenland and gradually Kopfrkingl is literally made to understand that he is not an island Moreover it is made clear to him that a man with “a drop of German blood” in his veins and with expertise and ability can advance in society provided that he is adaptable in his world view Given Kopfrkingl’s character it is not difficult to imagine that he will find ways to bend his sense of reality ever so slightly to conform to these changes around him and how slowly as the world becomes and insane we end up with a man that is a monster Here is not an evil man not even an overly opportunistic man simply a man who does his best to fit in and adapt The tone of Fuks’ book is very darkly humorous and his portrayal of Kopfrkingl is grotesue to the point where he almost sabotages the intent of his novel Few books have probably come closer to answering the uestion of how people managed to perform unspeakable acts during the last world war or during any other time in history However the character of Kopfrkingl is perhaps just a touch too pathetic and intrinsically weak to make most readers able to identify with him and accept that the slow change from a good decent person to a demonic arbiter of all that is base and evil is not uniue to this man his time or his place

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Odehrávající se na samém konci 30 let v pražských kulisách v době mnichovské kapitulace a okupace působí až obludně logickým vývojem malého člověka k přijetí zla; patologický případ sleduje až k dovětku s datem pětačtyřicátého roku Díky vnitřnímu napětí lidského příběhu a literárním kvalitám a rovněž díky úspěšnému filmovému zpracování se Spalovač mrtvol počítá k nejlepším prózám Ladislava Fuks I really like the idea of several characters appearing repeatedly as the story continues I believe that it helepd to create a confined but ironic mood Karl Kopfrkingl is one of the most uniue significant and scary heroes of all time The way the author catured his behaviour and his inner psychology is stunning

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Zlem a smrtí Charakterizovala i titulní postavu jež se v průběhu překotných událostí a pod vlivem mefistofelského přítele ochotně přizpůsobovala nabídnuté příležitosti ke kariéře vyvoleného a končila vraždami a izolací Je ovšem třeba připočítat smutně ironický Fuksův vypravěčský styl který jakoby neosobně věcně nebo cituplně vede dialogy a popisuje a hraje Působí nejenom drasticky ale i panoptikálně Příběh Absolutely brillinat and horrific story I have read it in the Czech language and appreciate surrealism and poetic expressions I was moved by the internal conflict of Karl Kopfrkingl in between the drop of german blood he clamed and his loyalty to whife and two children with jewish backround Fuks described extraordinary way Karl's journey where he transforms from a family orientated loving husband to a crematormurder of many innocent lives It is suprising and shocking to exept Karl's way of thinking How he does justy his actions to him self family and his nazi friends How he gets manipulated by his nazi friends in combination of influence from Budhism in his favorite yellow book about Tibet and his passion for the work in creamatorium His thinking is that he helps these innocent spirits by turning them in a couple of hours into a pure ash and send then to Universe to help them escape from suffering here in Hitler's Empire I uestion Karl's way of thinking and interacting with the outside world from the beginning When he acts like an dictator in his house and his family has to do anything he sais His view on life and death as well as love for art and music seems to be part of some kind of ideology

  • Hardcover
  • 144
  • Spalovač mrtvol
  • Ladislav Fuks
  • Czech
  • 22 December 2020
  • 9788020711274

About the Author: Ladislav Fuks

Ladislav Fuks byl český prozaik autor především psychologické prózy s tématem úzkosti člověka ohrožovaného nesvobodou a násilím Jako symbol tohoto tématu si pak zvolil druhou světovou válku a holokaust Většina jeho díla je autobiografická často skrytě téměř všemi jeho knihami prochází figura senzitivního slabého hocha žijícího ve svém vnitřním světě a toužícího po citovém přátelství Právě.