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Lightly Dressed Girls

Iva Procházková
Trans. Julia Różewicz Polish

A dead girl, dressed only in light lingerie, is discovered in a private garden. The circumstances seem to point towards a sexually motivated murder but is it really that simple?

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Jan Němec
Trans. Elena Zuccolo Italian
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Hanuš Seiner
Trans. Julie Nováková English
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Jaroslav Rudiš
Trans. Flóra Peťovská Hungarian
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Distilled Spirit
Matěj Hořava
Trans. Anna Radwan-Żbikowska Polish
A History of Light
Jan Němec
Trans. Elena Zuccolo Italian
Hexagrammaton
Hanuš Seiner
Trans. Julie Nováková English
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Zuzana Kultánová
 2017 Jiří Orten Award
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Jiří Hájíček
 2017 Czech Book Award
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Bianca Bellová
 2017 European Union Prize for Literature
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The clever, realistic, skilfully constructed and in many ways unconventional plot is one of the best to be found in Czech detective novels in recent years.
—Pavel Mandys
Hospodářské noviny
Iva Procházková
The clever, realistic, skilfully constructed and in many ways unconventional plot is one of the best to be found in Czech detective novels in recent years.
—Pavel Mandys
Hospodářské noviny
[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
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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
The imagery of Bianca Bellová’s ‘Dead Man’ is fascinating, it pulses with its own language. Despite its fierceness, the text is organised and under control. From the first sentence the reader is hooked.
—Jáchym Topol
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