Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
|Original title||Valerie a týden divů|
|Genre||Surrealist, Gothic, Novel|
|Published||1945 (Czech edition); 2005 (Twisted Spoon Press) (English translation)|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Czech: Valerie a týden divů) is a novel by surrealist Czech writer Vítězslav Nezval, written in 1935 and first published ten years afterward in 1945. The avant-garde experimental novel was written before Nezval's dramatic shift to Socialist Realism and allegiance to Stalin. It was made into a 1970 Czech film directed by Jaromil Jireš, an example of Czech New Wave cinema.
With this novel, Nezval explored the gothic themes and settings of such novels as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and M. G. Lewis' The Monk (1796), as well as F. W. Murnau's film Nosferatu (1922; based on Dracula  by Bram Stoker).
Owen, Jonathan L. Avant-garde to new wave: Czechoslovak cinema, surrealism and the sixties. New York: Berghahn , 2011. Print.