It is perhaps only appropriate that a copy of Roger Scruton’s new novel, Notes from Underground, found this reviewer after an anonymous writer sent an “unofficial” advance copy on a complex trip across an ocean, to the family of a mutual friend. From there it came to Brno, Czech Republic in a suitcase traveling from Germany—a rather samizdat voyage.
Scruton’s sixth novel tells the tale of Honza Reichl, a young, dissident-ish Czech living in Prague trying to make sense of a world in turmoil. “Love at first sight sometimes occurs in the world of normal people; in the underground, love exists in no other form,” Honza says. Sure enough, love at first sight comes in the form of Betka, an urbane, and slightly older, woman.