Short | Czech novella
"The Grandmother" is a romantic novel penned by Czech writer Božena Němcová in 1855. It provides a glimpse into life in 19th-century Bohemian countryside. The story revolves around a grandmother, a character filled with wisdom, goodness, and love. She exemplifies maternal care and commands respect in both her family and the village. Her stories educate the children and guide them towards virtuous paths. The novel's main events unfold one or two years after the Grandmother moves to the Old Bleachery with her daughter's family, where she aids in managing the household. The book also offers a glimpse into the author's idealised childhood, showcasing the neighborhood, love stories, local history, and customs of the region.