Literature as the opposite of cowardly silence | Svět knihy Praha


Book fair Svět knihy Praha, Friday 10 June 2022 from 6 pm.

  • 18:00 Big Theatre: Radka Denemarková. Moderated by Jakub Železný
  • 19:00  Host stand: Book signing by Radka Denemarková

Literature as the opposite of cowardly silence. Bringing the word humanism back into the world.

Radka Denemarková will present a new edition of her now almost legendary prose debut, which launched her extremely successful writing career. Moderated by Jakub Železný.

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

She is rightly considered the most remarkable Czech writer. She is the only Czech author to have received the Magnesia Litera four times – for prose, journalism, best book translation and the main award for Book of the Year 2019. She has lived and worked for a long time in China, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland. How do the realities of the contemporary world and the challenges of today intersect in her work? What is the difference, if any, between fiction and reality? And what is the role of the contemporary writer? Come and listen to an interesting lecture and discuss whether and how literature can influence events in society.

Radka Denemarková graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Bohemia and German Studies. She has worked as a researcher at the Institute for Czech Literature of the CAS, and as a lecturer and dramaturge at Divadlo Na Zábradlí. Since 2004 she has been a freelance writer. In 2005, her first book of prose, The Devil by the Nose, was published. Her second novel, Money from Hitler (2006), won the Magnesia Litera for prose and other awards abroad: the Polish edition was nominated for the Angelus Prize (2009), the German edition Ein herrlicher Flecken Erde (DVA 2011) won the Usedomer Literaturpreis 2011 and the Georg-Dehio-Buchpreis 2012. Her novel monograph Death, Thou Shalt Not Be Afraid or The Story of Peter Lebl (2008) and her translation of Herta Müller’s Atemschaukel (2011) were also awarded the Magnesium Literary Prize. Her double novel Kobold: An Abundance of Tenderness / An Abundance of People was published in 2011, theatreplay Sleeping Disorders in 2012, and the novel A Contribution to the History of Joy in 2014. Based on the book US 2 (2014), a film of the same name was made (directed by Slobodanka Radun, premiere: November 2014). For her novel Hours of Lead (2018), she received the Magnesia Litera for the fourth time, this time in the Book of the Year category, and the Austrian Literary Prize of Styria 2022. She won the Swiss Spycher Literaturpreis Leuk Prize (2019) for A Contribution to the History of Joy. Radka Denemarková’s works have so far been translated into 23 languages.

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