Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka voted most popular Czech book

18-10-2009

The novel Saturnin, by Zdeněk Jirotka, was voted the most popular Czech book in a Czech TV survey on Saturday. Saturnin, a humorous novel about a quirky yet perfectly proper butler, was published in 1942 and made into a film in 1994. It recently appeared in an English translation. The 1855 novel Babička, or The Grandmother, by Božena Němcová, finished second in the Czech version of BBC’s The Big Read, while the third most popular book with Czech readers is the French novella The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry. More than 320,000 TV viewers took part in the survey.