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A review of Monika Šimkovičová's Vigil

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Monika Šimkovičová's Vigil was published by Publixing in November 2017.

Information about Monika Šimkovičová (in her own words):

"It may seem that I started to write just recently, but the truth is quite the opposite. I’ve been writing since my childhood. First it had been some poems but soon I realised that it’s not the right thing for me. My first poem, the one about the very first Czechoslovak cosmonaut, was literally understood by no one...

When I was 8 and I wrote Hands off from Vietnam, my teachers were​ bringing me to all the military bases around and I had to recite it...

So I gave up on poetry and started to write short stories instead. Some of them even made it into a real book. But that was just the beginning.

In 2015 I finished a novel called Roden24, which was published as an e-book in Slovak, Czech and English. And at the same time it was also published as an audiobook narrated by the leading Slovak actors.

And that was the time when when Roden started to grow up. It even overtook his older sister Aluni, which has been waiting last 5 years to be finished. The novel VIGIL was born."

Information about Vigil:

An amazing discovery! One pill replaces 9 hours of sleep.
The future belongs to those who do not need to sleep.
The future belongs to Vigils.

Homo vigilis. Vigils. A new human species that does not need any sleep to live. Vigils never need to rest, they never feel tired and as opposed to the Sleepers - ordinary humans - they don't tend to get sick.

In addition, their sense of smell is perfect. They appear to be flawless, there's nothing lacking...

...maybe except for the inability to dream. But who needs dreams for their everyday lives?

A book about imagination being stronger than all knowledge, about dreams being more powerful than reality.


I sit at the computer with great determination. I think: I've been in it from the very beginning. Who else should leave a message for future generations, if not I? Who could possibly be more objective? I plunge into that dreary silence. Then I draw the curtains again, make myself a sickly-sweet coffee and get down to writing. Maybe my next opus will not bear the seal of genius, but it certainly will be noteworthy for its topic.

As fate has decreed, I am in fact the only Vigil in the world who is capable of sleeping.



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