Czech-American author Birgitte Rasine writes literary fiction that twists the beauty and the pain of the human experience into unforgettable strands of storytelling. Inspired by actual events, her stories probe the deeper, if inconvenient, truths about the human psyche and modern society.
Compared by readers to Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Edgar Allan Poe, Birgitte’s work cracks open the inner core of the human soul to illuminate our eternal quest for freedom and fulfillment.
Descended from the late Dr. Alois Rašín, co-founder of Czechoslovakia (1918) and the nation’s first Minister of Finance, Birgitte emigrated with her family to the United States in the 1980’s to flee from political persecution. Since then, her love of storytelling has taken her to four continents to experience a colorful swath of cultural, culinary, and sociopolitical diversity.
It was her travels and conversations with people from all walks of life that enriched Birgitte’s worldview and fed the fires of her propensity to probe beyond the usual pleasantries of social relationships and ask the tougher, deeper questions. Like grapes slowly maturing on the vine, these impermanent but powerful experiences have shaped Birgitte’s signature literary style, for which she has coined a new term: metaphormosis, meaning the process by which one metaphor transitions or blends into another.