Lost in Bohemia: A Review of D.A. Blyler Steffi's Club
Self-propelled into the steamy and dangerous world of prostitutes, mobsters, and horny cowboys that is the Czech Republic, Daniel finds himself losing at the game of life and love. And that's only on the surface of D.A. Blyler's debut novel, Steffi's Club.
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Review by Marcus Reichert
Editor's Note: FrictionMagazine is proud to introduce D.A. Blyler's debut novel, Steffi's Club to you dear reader. As you may or may not know, D.A. has been a contributor to FrictionMagazine since practically it's inception. Not only do we appreciate that he has lent us his talents, we are thrilled to say that D.A.'s prose are some of the most widely read on our website. Scribbling away on a banana plantation in Thailand, D.A. writes with a vervor and honesty our literary landscape so often lacks. But that is only what we think ... buy Steffi's Club and read for yourself.
I was fortunate enough to read Steffi's Club, D.A. Blyler's first novel, in an early draft, sent by the author from Pilsen, where so much of the story is framed. I recently read the work in its published form, aware the author had removed himself further from America -- where he was raised and educated -- to a banana plantation in Thailand. Daniel Fischer, the book's protagonist, is also determined to lose himself in a society without pretensions to greatness. Steffi's Club does not succumb to sentiment of the valentine to the homeland variety, and forcefully puts the case for a romantic view of life stripped of the need to maintain one's national identity.
Marcus Reichert is the author of three novels, including the cult classic Verdon Angster, and several screenplays. The first neo-noir, Reichert's film Union City was hailed by Lawrence O'Toole, film critic for Time magazine, as "an unqualified masterpiece." Marcus Reichert's film works are held in the Archive of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and his writing and a selection of books on his work are available from Art Books International, London. A book of Reichert's photographs, with text by Stephen Barber, is in preparation.