- If you really want to get technical, Bozena Nemcova was actually neither
Czech nor Slovak: she was born in Austria. at the time of the Austrian
Empire. She is described as having left behind Czech and Slovak fairy tales.
perhaps Granny is written when she lived in Ratiborice, which is in the
Czech Republic. but in 1848, she traveled into Slovakia and gathered much of
her folklore and local tales to create many of her future novels. How can
one say that this may or may not be Slovak?
- Bozena Nemcova was compared with our Willa Cather at a session of the
CGSI Conf. in Lincoln, NE in '99 given by Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce,
Univ. of Nebraska. The two authors dealt with the human condition of
women. Cather was interested in the agricultural American frontier and
wrote about its immigrants, including Czechs or Bohemians and their
culture. Nemcova was interested in the rural life of Czech women
during the first half of the 19th century. Both Cather's and Nemcova's
characters were strong women.
I bought the book "Babic~ka" by Nemcova, last summer, written in
Slovak. I remember my mother long ago enjoyed this book. If she were
alive today and could read it to me, I would understand it but to read
it myself is very difficult--stopping to look up a word now and then or
to skip an unknown word in order to move on--that is the question.