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.
Marek Toman, Magdalena Rutová: Golden Ribbon for best children’s literature
Marek Toman’s latest book The Amazing Adventures of Florentin Flowers, the Righteous Pirate in the Service of Madame L., which he created in collaboration with the illustrator Magdalena Rutová, has won a prestigious award, the Golden Ribbon, for best illustrations. The colorful pictures full of carefully worked details accompany a humorous story about survival on a pirate ship.
This swashbuckling novel for older children combines a sea adventure with a journey through the most famous works of world literature.
Lucie Faulerová: online presentation in Spanish
The author will be presenting the Spanish edition of her literary debut Dust Collectors (Atrapadores de Polvo), published by Huso, Madrid, to Spanish readers via a Zoom video conference on 5 May at 7 p.m. The online meeting organised by the Czech Center in Spain will also be attended by the owner of the Huso publishing house, Mayda Bustamante, and the director of the Czech Center in Madrid, Stanislav Škoda.
The novel Dust Collectors (Lapači prachu), which quickly became a sensation in the Czech Republic, tells the story of a young woman’s disorganized life and the disturbing secrets of her family.
The presentation on Zoom can be joined using the following link:
ID: 736 6788 0723
Author photo: Ondřej Lipár
Marek Toman in Leipzig, Germany
Despite the cancellation of the Leipzig book fair, the author will be presenting the German version of his YA novel My Golem in Leipzig on 14 March.
In this exceptional book, Marek Toman tells the story of Rabbi Löw and his Golem in a surprising way, portraying the famous Prague legend from the perspective of a 15-year-old Jewish boy. Jacob, a disciple of the Rabbi, is torn between his feelings for two girls – the Christian Johanna and the Jewish Lea. The tension between the followers of both religions is captured in an unusual love story.
The German translation has been published by the Austrian bahoe books in 2019.
Sylva Fischerová in Augsburg and Munich, Germany
The author presents the German edition of her novella Europe is like a Thonet Chair, America is Right Angle in Augsburg on 29 January and in Munich on 30 January. A translated extract is offered on the homepage of the German publisher Balaena.
Sylva Fischerová’s book pretends to be a travelogue, but in fact it is a unique narrative based on the alternation between prose and poetic rhythms.
Marek Toman in Dresden and Berlin, Germany
The author presents the German edition of his historical novel The Big News about the Dreadful Murder of Šimon Abeles in Dresden on 21 January; this event is organized by Euroregion Elbe. An additional presentation will take place in the Berlin Czech Center on 22 January.
The Big News about the Dreadful Murder of Šimon Abeles tells the story of a Jewish criminal case from the 17th century Prague and is based on a true event.
Lucie Faulerová selected for European literary project
Lucie Faulerová, author of the successful debut novel Dust Collectors, has been selected to take part in the European project CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists), which was recently set up to support a new generation of authors, translators and literary professionals.
Lucie Faulerová is one of three Czech young authors to take part in the international four year project. A sample of her work will be translated into eight European languages and presented on the CELA website.
Iva Pekárková in Guadalajara, Mexico
Iva Pekárková presented the Spanish edition of her novel Gimme the Money (Dej mi ty prachy) from 1st to 3rd December at the book fair in Guadalajara, the second largest international book fair in the world.
Petr Stančík in Munich, Germany
Petr Stančík presented the German edition of his satirical action novel Pérák – the Superhero from Prague in Munich from December 11th to 13th.
Stančík’s novel Pérák is the first literary work dealing with the forgotten but now rediscovered superhero from the centre of Europe. The German edition, which was published by the Swiss Edition Clandestin in 2019, is enriched with numerous historical photographs of Prague and with colored pictures documenting the artistic representation of the Pérák legend since World War II.
See a sample of the German book here.