A collection of short stories by Marek Šindelka, winner of the 2012 Magnesia Litera Award for prose. As in his previous works, the subject is relationships: dangerous, destroyed, burnt-out, stale.
Hats off for this intelligently written and elaborate book, bringing together ten well-chosen texts which undoubtedly deserve to be called short stories. In it Marek Šindelka demonstrates that this prose form does not have to be – as many writers mistakenly believe – only a skilfully related record of an entertaining anecdote from life, but also a distinctive form of literary thinking and a linguistically refined testimony.
The jury of the prestigious award will select the winner at the beginning of November.
The Czech authors will be speaking at events on 18th September.
Since receiving the title of UNESCO Creative City of Literature, Prague offers 6 residencies every year for authors and translators.
More than 130 contestants from 12 countries entered the competition for beginner translators.
The Ministry has allocated more than €38,000 for 23 translations of Czech literature.
The award for foreign language books is organised by the Mayakovsky Library in St Petersburg.
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