A young author describes the trials, burdens and dramas of family life in this bestselling 2010 Magnesia Litera book of the year.
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.
It would be a shame to be afraid of Daniela Hodrová. With her prose, the reader is plunged into a pleasant, stationary timelessness. For the writer, capturing the feelings of the characters is much more important than strictly observing the ticking away of the hours. In this respect, and in others, she resembles the English writer Virginia Woolf, who found inspiration in another noisy European metropolis, London.
The Czech poet accepted the award on 21 April in Strasbourg.
The film adaptation of Oddsockeaters by Pavel Šrut will premiere in October.
Illustrator Michaela Kukovičová and author Olga Černá received the special mention for This is Prague.
The list of Europe’s best novels by independent UK publishers was compiled by Dedalus Books.
The professor emerita at the University of British Columbia will receive the award in May at Book World Prague.
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