When Czech émigré Danny Smiricky attempts to teach American literature at a Canadian university, he feels a bit out of touch, in this 1977 novel by the author of The Miracle Game. Then the Czech secret police begin tailing him, and Danny roams between past and present, adopting whatever identity he chooses—or whatever is imposed upon him by history.
"The Engineer of Souls spins its story from the torn entrails of Central Europe. Yet what emerges is comedy—black, grimacing and explosively funny, as peculiarly Middle European as the despairing wit of Prague's own Franz Kafka."—Time