Author Jo Nesbø provides a Czech audience insight into the creative process that has pushed him to the peak of the crime fiction world Norwegian crime fiction writer Jo Nesbø made his first trip to Prague this April 13 for the publication of the Czech version of his latest in the Harry Hole mystery series, […]
An article about the new Czech animated film “Alois Nebel,” which is based on the graphic novel by Czech novelist Jaroslav Rudiš and rock musician Jaromír 99. Using the animation technique of rotoscoping the film gives a subdued, haunting black and white rendering of some of the darker episodes in modern Czech history. Continue Reading
Polish quarterly magazine Res Publica Nowa has published a special English-language issue “Central Europe as City.” Besides the editorials, there are five articles from the issue available online on the Eurozine website and they contain some fascinating information. Articles cover an array of topics – from the multicultural history of today’s Bratislava to the Jews […]
Link: Re-covering Kafka: An interview with Peter Mendelsund Book jacket designer Peter Mendelsund talks about the Czech authors and composers he would love to design covers for, as well as the qualities of Czech book jacket design he finds so appealing and his cover for the new translation of Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago.
Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Marbach Literary Archive in Germany have prevented a collection of letters and postcards written by Kafka from being auctioned off and will soon be put on public display, switching between the two prestigious institutions like a child shuttling back and forth between divorced parents. I attended a meeting of Prague’s […]
On March 24, 2011 Czech-born French writer Milan Kundera will become just the twelfth writer to have his collected works published in the prestigious Bibliothèque de La Pléiade edition during his lifetime. Published by Gallimard, the initial volume will include Kundera’s novels originally written in Czech, which form the bulk of his work. Having left […]
Link: Prague and the Jerusalem International Book Festival This year’s Jerusalem Prize might have gone to Ian McEwan, but the week-long event has a number of connections to the Czech capital, whether it be the Prague-born writers attending or ties going further back into the city’s storied past.
“You’re asking whether there can be an innocent painting? What kind of a question is that? Innocent – how?” Hans glanced at the pictures around him. “A painting that would bear a direct relationship to reality, simply and openly, without any gimmicks, irony or hyperbole, or any other twisted perspectives,” Michal, the painter, developed his […]