Prague Noir contains short stories by fourteen leading Czech authors, exploring the many forms of Prague crimes, mysteries and secrets, continuing the rich tradition of detective and mystery fiction with Prague motifs. The result is a unique and stylistically varied collection of stories by well-known Czech authors as well as rising stars. The book is also an unusual guide to traditional and lesser-known Prague sights.
Visit Charles Bridge with Miloš Urban, explore the mysterious world of the Jewish ghetto with Petr Stančík, read Petra Soukupová’s account of an unexplained disappearance in Stromovka park or follow Kateřina Tučková’s investigation into the dark past of an old house on the bank of the Vltava river.
This volume, edited by literary critic Pavel Mandys, will be published in English in 2017 by the New York-based Akashic Books as part of their prestigious Noir series.
The book features stories by Chaim Cigan, Martin Goffa, Irena Hejdová, Michaela Klevisová, Štěpán Kopřiva, Ondřej Neff, Jiří W. Procházka, Markéta Pilátová, Petra Soukupová, Michal Sýkora, Petr Stančík, Petr Šabach, Kateřina Tučková, Miloš Urban.
“Murder and mayhem erupt, even in fairy-tale Prague. Editor Mandys maintains that it may be hard to imagine dark doings taking place virtually in the shadow of Prague Castle, yet he manages to harvest 14 artful tales that speak directly to the contrary. Although there are few standard whodunits, Prague’s long history provides fertile ground for evildoers […] Perhaps nowhere but Prague do vice and enchantment live at such close quarters, and Mandys’ collection captures both beautifully. A lovely addition to Akashic’s venerable series.”
“The 14 crime stories set in Prague in this superior entry in Akashic’s noir series offer armored car robbery, kidnapping, murder masked as suicide, and more—not bad for a burg that, as the editor notes in his intro, didn’t even have ‘the profession of private detective’ until 1990 […] In the varied and polished content of this volume, readers will find much to amuse.”
“Prague Noir is a success. Due to its variety and the way it plays with the genre the anthology will appeal to a wide range of readers. The book is also tangible proof that Czech authors are able to construct a good story and fulfil genre expectations.”
— Martin Stručovský, E15
“Prague Noir is an interesting collection […] it offers an excellent cross-section of, and introduction to, contemporary Czech writers.”
— Jarda Konáš, Aktuálně.cz
Selected published translations (2)
Prague Noir English
Praga Noir Polish