On January 5, the novel Hours of Lead is published in German by Hoffmann und Campe.
Radka Denemarková: Stunden aus Blei. Translated by Eva Profousová. Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg 2022.
The great novel about China today.
Beijing is the place of longing for a group of Europeans who come to China to find each other and to steer their lives in new directions. But there are rigid limits to the possibilities for personal development in the communist country. Encounters with Chinese dissidents will test their values and they will all reach a dramatic turning point in their lives. The focus of this group is a Czech writer who is fully committed to democratic values and who becomes the moral guiding star for a Chinese student. Reading philosophical texts together ultimately encourages the young woman to take on political resistance – with fatal consequences.
Translated by Eva Profousová.
“Radka Denemarková’s prose is a magic mirror.”
“The great taboo breaker in contemporary Czech literature.”
—Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Radka Denemarková’s great novel about the land she is no longer allowed to enter.
Radka Denemarková, born in 1968, lives in Prague, is an author, playwright, screenwriter, essayist and translator of German literature. Hours of Lead received the award for Book of the Year 2019 and was a bestseller in the Czech Republic. Denemarková’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages. For her novel A Contribution to the History of Joy (Hoffmann and Campe, 2019) she was awarded the Spycher Leuk Literature Prize 2019.
Radka Denemarková: Stunden aus Blei. Novel. From Czech translated by Eva Profousová. 880 pp, hardcover, EUR 32,90 (Verlag Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg)