Lucie Faulerová

Dust Catchers

Lapači prachu
Lapači prachu
Torst, 2017, 224 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9788072155569
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Prague Literary Agency
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With an atmosphere reminiscent of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, this novel explores the ancient theme of crime and punishment within the family.

This debut novel, by Lucie Faulerová, is a harsh and jarring story about a young woman’s attitude to motherhood, family and children, as well as her role in society. The themes of family violence and domestic tyranny also surface in the book, and a child becomes a means of manipulating others. In Dust Catchers, relationships are impaired and complicated in, both, the protagonist’s extended and new family. Gradually, she abandons intimacy, work, and her standard role as a woman. She seeks to reveal the hidden truth about her mother, family and herself. Masochistic torment, however, is not enough to overcome the darkness of the past. Will violence suffice?

Faulerová brilliantly express the ambiguity of the line between guilt and enacting justice. The main character addresses the narrator, taking the floor and unsettling his role. The tension from this stylistic approach, the impressive pace and thrilling plot make Dust Catchers an exceptional read.


“The author is able to make the powerful and weighty subject matter more than a moralising story of domestic violence and life crises. […] An exceptional combination of talent and craft.”

Hospodářské noviny

Dust Catchers is inward-looking, crystal clear literature.”


About the author

Lucie Faulerová (b. 1989) graduated in Czech studies from Palacký University in Olomouc, where she is currently a Literary theory postgraduate student. She works as a dramaturge of cultural events and cooperates with the conceptual artist, Kateřina Šedá. Faulerová is an editor of the literary magazine, Aluze, and also works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She co-authored the book BRNOX. Průvodce brněnským Bronxem (BRNOX. A guide to Brno’s Bronx, 2016) about a socially disadvantaged area of Brno, which won the 2016 Magnesia Litera Award for journalism. Dust Catchers is her debut novel.

Selected published translations (2)

Atrapadores de polvo Spanish

Staubfänger German

Language: Czech
Title: Lapači prachu
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Publisher: Torst
Year: 2017
Pages: 224
Genre: Literary fiction