New books in translation

The Map of Anna

Marek Šindelka
Trans. Edgar de Bruin Dutch

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.

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Jaroslav Rudiš
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Martin Fahrner
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Irena Dousková
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Petr Stančík
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National Avenue
Jaroslav Rudiš
Trans. Fernando de Valenzuela Spanish
The Invincible Seven
Martin Fahrner
Trans. Andrew Oakland English
B. Proudew
Irena Dousková
Trans. Melvyn Clarke English
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 2016 Czech Book Award
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Sára Vybíralová
 2016 Jiří Orten Award
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Martin Vopěnka
 2016 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for youth
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 2016 Golden Ribbon Award – Literary section: Literature for children
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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.
—Pavel Janoušek
Tvar
Marek Šindelka
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.
—Pavel Janoušek
Tvar
The End of Punk in Helsinki is undoubtedly Rudiš’s best novel (...) “punk- rock” successor to Hrabal, he has now found a new position: he comments melancholically and sarcastically on the disillusionment of an aging punk, but the observations, lively dialogue and odd characters are framed by a solid plot with troubled fates for the protagonists.
—Pavel Mandys
iLiteratura
‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
Martin Vopěnka
‘The Fifth Dimension’ is a weighty and at times challenging read, its themes nothing less than life, death, the universe and love. It’s absorbing, haunting and intellectually engaging throughout, with a gut-punch denouement.
—James Lovegrove
The Financial Times
What characterizes the poetry of Ivan Wernisch most aptly is perhaps its unreliability. The author dons all sorts of masks – playful, wistful, deceptive, earthy, deferential, derisive. However, this unreliability is also connected with uncertainty and a lack of culmination, thanks to which the collection is open, attracts repeat reading and awakens a desire to let oneself be carried up once again to the heights of Wernisch’s poems and jump, even in the knowledge that someone might maliciously cut the cord of one’s parachute again.
—Markéta Kittlová
iLiteratura.cz
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Apply for the Prague City of Literature writer/translator in residence

Since receiving the title of UNESCO Creative City of Literature, Prague offers 6 residencies every year for authors and translators.

Winners of the 2016 Susanna Roth Award announced

More than 130 contestants from 12 countries entered the competition for beginner translators.

Results of the second round of 2016 translation grants from the Czech Ministry of Culture

The Ministry has allocated more than €38,000 for 23 translations of Czech literature.

Antonín Bajaja and Miloš Urban nominated for Russian award

The award for foreign language books is organised by the Mayakovsky Library in St Petersburg.

2016 Authors’ Reading Month

The 17th annual literary festival will take place from 1st July to 4th August.

European Literature Night in Dublin included Martin Vopěnka’s ‘The Fifth Dimension’

The acclaimed Czech sci-fi novel was published in English in 2015.

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