Marka Míková, Galina Miklínová: prestigious award for best children’s literature
A coat and a handbag fall in love: this tender and slightly crazy story for children from six years, written by Marka Míková, illustrated by Galina Miklínová, has won the prestigious Czech Magnesia Litera Award for best children‘s literature.
Kabát a kabelka (The Coat and the Handbag) draws readers into an exciting adventure on empty city streets in the midst of pandemic times. The author‘s narration “enchants with poetics, individuality, humor and grabs the heart like any true love story”, the jury has written about this book.
Augustin Zimmermann by Zuzana Kultánová: presentation in Spain
Zuzana Kultánová will be presenting the Spanish edition of her literary debut Augustin Zimmermann, published by La Navaja Suiza, to Spanish readers on 30 March. The presentation in the independent bookstore Tipos Infames in Madrid is supported by the Czech Literary Center and the Czech Center in Spain.
In her novel Augustin Zimmermann the author uses historical events to conjure a timeless parable about the foolish desire to break free from one’s nature and dark passions.
Lucie Faulerová has won the EU Prize for Literature
The novel Smrtholka (Deathmaiden) by Lucie Faulerová is the Czech winner of the 2021 European Union Prize for Literature. The jury appreciated „the brilliantly written and non-linear narrative of the novel, which suggests a musical composition, the sensitive use of dark humour amid the heroine’s painful experiences and the courage of the young writer in presenting a demanding text with sombre and sometimes even morbid motifs.“
The European Union Prize for Literature recognises emerging fiction writers from the European Union and beyond. Engaging the 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the Prize celebrates outstanding new literary talents.
Lucie Faulerová shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature and for Magnesia Litera
Lucie Faulerová‘s new novel Smrtholka (Deathmaiden) has been shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature 2021. The book has also been nominated for Best Work of Prose in the most prestigious Czech literary award, the Magnesia Litera, in 2021.
Rave reviews in the UK for „My Brother the Messiah“—a dystopia by Martin Vopěnka
Martin Vopěnka‘s novel My Brother the Messiah (Můj bratr Mesiáš) has been published in the UK to great critical acclaim. The Times credits the novel with „a gloomy, gripping, spiritual spell of its own“. According to The Lady magazine „Vopěnka created a thought provoking narrative exploring religion, politics and democracy“. The Eurolitnetwork sees in the book „a novel about the spiritual and secular nature of our collective and individual existence“. Last but not least The Jewish Review names Vopěnka a global voice and his prose compelling.
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History in Contemporary Czech Literature: Marek Toman in Munich, Germany
The author took part in a panel discussion in November that was organized by the Adalbert Stifter Association in Munich. The discussion was conducted in German and took place without an audience. In a conversation about his novels Neptune’s Cave and The Praise of Opportunism, Marek Toman emphasized the close connection between history and the present, one of his favourite literary themes. The event is available on youtube under the name Mitteleuropäisches Erbe in der tschechischen Gegenwartsliteratur (Central European Heritage in Contemporary Czech Literature).
In love with Bhutan: Tereza Boučková’s first literary travelogue
This work is a kind of late debut. The bestselling author, who fascinates readers with her relentlessly open autobiographical novels, has released her first travel book. With Bhutan, My Love (Bhútán, má láska), she has succeeded in writing a literary report about an adventurous journey in a country that sees little tourism. This richly illustrated book portrays the tiny kingdom in the Far East from a very personal point of view.
Prose and poetry by Sylva Fischerová
One of the most prominent contemporary Czech poets, Sylva Fischerová, also devotes herself to writing prose. She has published two new books – a collection of short stories entitled Thousands of Plateaus (Tisíce plošin) and a bilingual collection of poems dedicated to Prague: A Church for Smokers. Prague Poems (Kostel pro kuřáky. Pražské básně ).
Lucie Faulerová has written her second novel
After her successful debut Lapači prachu (Dust Collectors) the author has come out with her second book – Smrtholka (Deathmaiden). The plot of this novel revolves around a deep family tragedy and its impact on the psyche of a young woman. How can life go on, after one’s sister commits suicide? The author manages to lighten the weighty theme with subtle humor and a dose of irony. The book has been greeted with critical acclaim.
Surviving Civilisation: new travelogue by Martin Vopěnka
The author and adventurer presents a summary of his life’s travels. On the pages of Martin Vopěnka’s latest book the reader visits places like Romania, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Philippines and Antarctica. The trips are far from being comfortable. Martin Vopěnka, a passionate traveller, always ventures into the wilderness, drawing the reader into the thrill of a unique adventure. The author’s sparse language gives the adventure itself room; the reader experiences surviving in the wild and shares the author’s respect for mountains, forests, rivers and animals.
A moving, dramatic, thought-provoking testimony, which is also a report on the state of the planet as well as human civilisation.