Daniela Hodrová began writing A Kingdom of Souls in 1977 but the book, like the rest of her work, didn’t appear until after the fall of the communist regime in 1991. In 2012, Hodrová was awarded the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize, which had previously been awarded to the likes of Philip Roth, Haruki Murakami and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Harold Pinter.
A Kingdom of Souls was translated from the Czech by Véronique Firkusny and Elena Sokol and is being published by Jantar Publishing on May 12.
Read an excerpt in B O D Y here
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