The Czech Books You Must Read
Kafka, Čapek, Kundera and Havel, these are all world renowned names, but what about all the others? How well are Czech authors actually known abroad? Can you find a bookshop in Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Paris or New York that aside from classics such as The Good Soldier Švejk also sell the works of contemporary Czech authors?
Jiří Kratochvil: “I am obsessed with telling stories”
Petra Hůlová’s Mongolian family saga ‘All This Belongs to Me’
Petr Hruška and Milan Děžinský: poets of the everyday
Radka Denemarková: “Life always brings me topics to explore”
Jan Balabán: Every life deserves to be told
Michal Viewegh - Master of satire in modern Czech literature
Karel Čapek’s ‘The White Disease’: a pandemic of fascism
Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop – exploring dark chapters of region’s history
Milan Kundera’s The Joke: love, vengeance and self-delusion in the shadow of Stalinism
Bianca Bellová’s The Lake: childhood memories harnessed in archetypal story
At Radio Prague International we have decided to map out the popularity and availability of Czech books abroad and find out which books have been translated into international languages such as English, German, Russian, Spanish and French. At the same time we will be providing our foreign audience with the opportunity to get acquainted with past and present Czech literary jewels.
The aim of the project is to give you a list of arguably the best and most popular Czech novels and poetry ever written, presenting not only the established classics, but also introducing the leading contemporary authors.