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Pavol Rankov

Portrait of Pavol Rankov

Pavol Rankov (né en 1964) est écrivain, journaliste, scientifique informatique et pédagogue universitaire. Après avoir terminé son éducation supérieure à Bratislava, il a étudié les sciences littéraires à la Faculté des Arts  de l’Université Cornelius de Bratislava (1983-1987). Il a travaillé comme méthodologue à la Bibliothèque Nationale Slovaque à Martin (1987-1990) et à la Bibliothèque Slovaque Pédagogique à Bratislava (1991-1992). Depuis 1993 il travaille au Département des Sciences Bibliothécaires et d’Informations Scientifiques de l’Université Comenius à Bratislava. Il participe aux projets de la radio slovaque. Il vit à Bratislava.

Winning Book

Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo inokedy) (It Happened on September the First (or whenever))

Le 1er septembre 1938 dans une piscine à la mode de Levice dans le centre de l’Europe, trois adolescents de treize ans – Hongrois, Tchèque et Juif – décident de faire une compétition de natation pour gagner le cœur d’une Slovaque blonde, Maria. La course des trois amis pour cet amour se répète virtuellement chaque année au cours du roman mais aucun d’entre eux ne gagnera la course. Le roman transporte les personnages dans des tribulations politiques mais ne leur permet jamais de terminer la course du destin. Même si les vies des personnages sont pleines d’événements incroyables, elles ne sont jamais remplies par l’émotion la plus sacrée de toutes – l’amour. Personne ne gagne le cœur de Maria et Maria, la plus innocente, les perd tous.

Cover of Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo inokedy)

Publishing House

Address: 

Staromestská 6/d, Bratislava, Slovaquie

Email Address: 
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+421 (2) 54410809
Organisation: 
Kalligram

Translation Deals

  • Bulgaria: Ergo PH
  • Croatia: Disput
  • Czech Republic: Host
  • FYROM: Ars Lamina
  • Hungary: Kalligram kiado
  • Italy: Safarà Editore
  • Poland: Książkowe Klimaty
  • Serbia: Beobook
  • Slovenia: KUD Sodobnost International
  • Syria: Dar al-Hiwar

Excerpt

Translated by: Heather Trebaticka

 

            The first of September was a Saturday. Ján had postponed his last summer termexam until this date.
            He got up from the desk where he had been preparing his notes and sat down on the chair in front of the examiner’s table.
            ‘Well, colleague, first show me what question you have drawn,’ said Professor Očovský genially. Ján handed him the slip of paper and said, ‘Clostridium botulinum.’
            ‘Clostridium botulinum?!’ the professor repeated with evident pleasure. ‘That is the gold reserve of Bacteriology II. Well, let’s have it.’ ‘Chlostridium botulinum is a group of bacteria to be found in food that has been sterilized at an insufficient temperature. It causes poisoning known as botulism. The symptoms of botulism are headaches, thirst, double vision, paralysis of the respiratory muscles, difficulty in speaking and swallowing. But I’ll come back to the bacteria itself.’
            ‘Don’t come back to anything, colleague,’ Professor Očovský said, smiling. ‘Hand me your student record book. I’ll write a first in it.’
            ‘That quick?’ Ján was surprised.
            The professor briskly wrote in the grade and returned the book to Ján.
            ‘Here you are… But don’t go away yet. You must stop by at room forty-nine at the end of the corridor.’
            ‘Of course, I’ll go there right now,’ Ján said, still feeling elated. ‘Goodbye. And thank you once again.’
            ‘Don’t thank me, colleague, there’s nothing to thank me for,’ said the professor, when the door had closed behind Ján.
            Ján had been as apprehensive about this exam as all his fellow students, or to be more exact, apprehensive about the unpredictable moods of the examiner, Professor Očovský. Which is why he was very pleased to have got a first so quickly and effortlessly. It was a grade that few people Could boast of having for Bacteriology II.

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