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A poetic memoir by one of the most important figures in Czech literature

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Michal AJVAZ

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He was born in Prague on October 30th 1949 and studied Czech and aesthetics at the Arts Faculty of Charles University.

During normalization he worked as a janitor, a night-watchman and a pump attendant at the Prague Waterworks. Since 1994 he has worked freelance. He debuted with a collection of poetry (Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental [Murder in the Hotel Intercontinental], 1989) and there followed 15 books of imaginative prose and postmodern philosophical essays. Jan Nejedlý wrote of the novel Cesta na jih [Journey to the South] (2008) that, “it is a journey to the heart of nothingness. It is a journey to the beginning, where no agreed categories or illusions existed. Yet who would have the courage to actually look into the jaws of nothingness, which is indescribable? In the end even Ajvaz can only cover over this gaping void with his elegant metaphors.”

Contacts and links


Michal Ajvaz (archival medallion) (dokument Adobe PDF)Michal Ajvaz (archived profile)


Foreign rights

Dana Blatná Literary Agency,


Reading Michal Ajvaz by Jonathan Bolton

Review of The Other City by M. A. Orthofer (Complete Review, April 2009)

Interview by Jeff van der Meer (Omnivoracious, April 2010) (in Czech)