Czech literature beyond the Fantastic Four

If you’re at the London Book Fair today you can attend a discussion this evening on the broader and still broadening scope of contemporary Czech writing with translators Julia Sherwood, Alex Zucker and hosted by editorial director of Words without Borders Susan Harris.

Sherwood is the translator of B O D Y’s most recent Saturday European Fiction, an excerpt from Slovak writer Ján Rozner’s Seven Days To The Funeral, which you can read here.

Alex Zucker has recently translated a thriller by Czech writer Heda Margolius Kovály entitled Innocence, or, Murder on Steep Street to be published in June by Soho Press. I just received my review copy and am really looking forward to this one. Margolius Kovály is best known for her memoir Under A Cruel Star – A Life in Prague 1941–1968.


And, speaking of B O D Y, and as the discussion points out how Czech literature has previously been centered on the exclusively male “Fantastic Four” pantheon of Havel, Hrabal, Kundera, Klíma (Did Havel say “Flame on!” when he lit up a cigarette?), I can add that two of B O D Y’s upcoming Saturday European Fiction entries will be Czech women writers not listed among the names under discussion. Stay tuned.

For details of tonight’s discussion go here

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