Director Karel Kachyňa’s Ucho/The Ear is considered one of the greatest Czech films of all time. It centres on a Communist elite couple in the early 1950s who are gripped by panic that – with party purges taking place – the secret police will come for them next. While the film is justly famous, the man who wrote the book it is based on, Jan Procházka, is today largely forgotten.
However, a new translation, entitled simply Ear, by Mark Corner should help draw attention to Procházka’s name in the English-speaking world.
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Author: Ian Willoughby