“This historical novel is both heartbreaking and hopeful as it shares the stories of families displaced by the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia....It is tactful and humorous about bringing to life the calamitous experiences of the Slovakian people during the fall of communism.” Foreword Reviews Magazine ~Aimee Jodoin, Foreword Reviews Magazine
“This is a loving portrait of Slovak families whose hopes are first raised by the Prague Spring and then dashed by the Soviet invasion in summer 1968. Viliam Klimáček captures the anger and humiliation, the bravery and betrayal – not to mention the distinctive styles and aromas – of late-60s Czechoslovakia. It is also a tale of exile, about painful decisions to stay or leave, and the awkward adjustments that greeted new arrivals to Canada, the United States and Israel.” —James Thomson, The Slovak Spectator ~James Thomson, Journalist, Newspaper
"In 1968, the communist country of Czechoslovakia had a brief fling with freedom. Termed the “Prague Spring,” the experiment in “socialism with a human face” allowed citizens freedom of the press and travel, as well as an end to arbitrary wiretapping. It all came crashing down when Soviet tanks bulldozed over its borders on August 20-21 and occupied the country. Before the Soviets clamped shut the border with Austria, many individuals and families had a terrible decision to make: flee or face the oppressor?
Translated into English for the first time, The Hot Summer of 1968 follows the stories of ten people confronted with the unthinkable. Klimáček introduces a cast of characters that are based on real people and their experiences .... Klimáček captures the early promises of the Prague Spring and the devastation wrought by the Soviet invasion through these bigger-than-life characters....
The Hot Summer of 1968 is a touching story of families involuntarily separated and the search for home wherever it leads. It provides a pertinent historical lens to the plight of refugees: yesterday, today, and always."
~Peggy Kurkowski, Historical Novel Society Review, August 2021
"Klimacek's The Hot Summer of 1968 is a compelling must-read! This faced-paced, engaging novel delves into the repercussions of dramatic, revolutionary times in world history on a series of personable characters…. this novel offers thought-provoking insight for our contemporary times.”—Madelaine Hron, author of Translating Pain: Immigrant Suffering in Literature and Culture~Professor Madelaine Hron