The Egg and I: Why is 1945 US bestseller topping Czech readers’ lists?

Photo: Barbora Němcová, Radio Prague International

For several decades now, one of the most popular books among Czech readers has been The Egg and I by American writer Betty MacDonald. The 1945 memoir about life on a chicken farm in the Northwest has been largely forgotten in the United States, but here in Czechia, it still continues to top readers’ lists. What has caused this somewhat unexpected popularity? And how come it has lasted for nearly eighty years? Czech literary theorist Jiří Trávníček decided to explore this unusual phenomenon in his new book called Betty a my (Betty and Us).

Author: Ruth Fraňková

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