New books in translation

A History of Light

Jan Němec
Trans. Katarzyna Bańka Polish

Have you ever wondered what a story written by a beam of light would be like? Find out in this EU Prize for Literature-winning novel about photographer František Drtikol.

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Under the Snow
Petra Soukupová
Trans. Julia Różewicz Polish
Mummy Mill
Petr Stančík
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Josef Škvorecký
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Jiří Hájíček
 2016 Lidové Noviny Book of the Year
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Zuzana Brabcová
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Petr Král
 2016 State Award for Literature
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 2016 Knižní Klub Literary Prize
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[A History of Light] represents a remarkable and substantial experiment, offering an account about Drtikol, the history of photography as a new art form, the cultural climate of the incredibly interesting and turbulent period around the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the First World War and the 1920s, but also about the narrative possibilities of contemporary novels.
—Petr A. Bílek
Respekt
Jan Němec
[A History of Light] represents a remarkable and substantial experiment, offering an account about Drtikol, the history of photography as a new art form, the cultural climate of the incredibly interesting and turbulent period around the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the First World War and the 1920s, but also about the narrative possibilities of contemporary novels.
—Petr A. Bílek
Respekt
Soukupová has demonstrated an all-round literary talent: from the book’s overall structure through to sketching out particular situations, to one-liners. She has a precise vocabulary, a terse but functional style, and she can see into the heads of children as well as men and women. When she is writing she is obviously enjoying herself.
—Radim Kopáč
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Rustic Baroque is one of those quiet, unassuming novels that sneaks up on you; the kind of book that draws you in and bears you along easily and languidly and then turns, just at the right moment, and very politely kicks you in the gut.
—Booktrust
Jiří Hájíček
Rustic Baroque is one of those quiet, unassuming novels that sneaks up on you; the kind of book that draws you in and bears you along easily and languidly and then turns, just at the right moment, and very politely kicks you in the gut.
—Booktrust
Zuzana Brabcová’s [Ceilings] is a literary event, a work on the fringes which is extraordinary in its condensed and poetic style. It is, at least for me, the literary event of the past year and beyond.
—Petr. A Bílek
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