Miloš Urban

The Seven Churches

Argo, 2014
Language: Czech
Genre: Crime/Detective, Historical fiction, Thriller

Translated into eleven languages and a runaway bestseller in Spain as well as the Czech Republic, The Seven Churches – by the ‘dark knight of Czech literature’, Milos Urban – is a bloody, atmospheric modern classic of crime literature and one of the most haunting and terrifying thrillers to come out of Europe in years. Written in the spirit of the sensation story but with rich Gothic overtones, The Seven Churches is set in the medieval Nove Mesto (New Town) of Prague, a quarter with seven Gothic churches. Here the narrator, known simply as K, witnesses a bizarre accident followed by a series of mysterious murders. This event triggers a series of meetings with Gothic characters who appear to be trying to reconstruct the medieval ‘golden age’ of Prague in the reign of Charles IV under the noses if its modern-day inhabitants.


“Urban writes so vividly that the rich history of Prague architecture becomes almost a major theme of this extraordinary book.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Selected published translations (8)

De Wraak Van De Bouwmeesters Dutch

Die Rache der Baumeister: Ein Kriminalroman aus Prag German

Las sieta iglesias Spanish

Семь храмов Russian

Klątwa siedmiu kościołów Polish

Sette chiese Italian

The Seven Churches English

Les 7 églises French

Language: Czech
Title: Sedmikostelí
Place: Praha
Publisher: Argo
Year: 2014
Genre: Crime/Detective, Historical fiction, Thriller