The kindness of a swallow
carries more weight
than the laws of rulers.

– A Contribution to the History of Joy

Photo by Tobias Böhm

Radka Denemarková is a Czech novelist, dramatist, scenarist, essayist, translator of German literature, and creative writing teacher. Four-time Magnesia Litera prize winner – for prose, non-fiction, translation and Book of the Year 2019.

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Latest Magnesia Litera Prize

Radka Denemarková: Hodiny z olova. Brno: Host, 2019.

Hours of Lead

A comprehensive novel inspired by author’s stays in China.

The same decisive sentence will strike into fate of families of different generations from several European countries and social strata. A Czech businessman, his wife and teenage daughter, a Russian diplomat, French writer, student of calligraphy, chef and many other protagonists…

Magnesia Litera Prize – Book of the Year 2019
Literary Prize of Styria 2022 (Austria)

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Latest Book

Jako by se to všechno stalo včera (2021, CS-DE)

As If It All Happened Yesterday

On the basis of a memoirs, legacy, and messages written by survivers ot the Nazi persecution, a book with a remarkable essay about Holocaust by Radka Denemarková and portraits by Karel Cudlín has been published by the Czech-German Fund for the Future on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

Essay about Holocaust & Endless Night Conversation

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Book Reviews

Reading MONEY FROM HITLER is a mind shattering experience. The novel tells a classical story of persecution and expulsion, but also of a fight for justice. Radka Denemarková has made a major contribution, with a literary mastery, to the extensive chronicles of the history of German-Czech-Jewish relationships.Jury of the Georg Dehio Prize
HOURS OF LEAD never tries to disguise the fact that it is a thoroughly politically engaged book. Her ability to translate such an unabashedly literary commitment into a highly poetic language and original form makes Radka Denemarková one of the most exciting contemporary writers around.Veronika Schuchter, Die Furche
Radka Denemarková has joined the ranks of those who can be expected to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.Daniela Strigl, Ex libris, ÖRF Ö1

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