Central European modern history is notable for many political and cultural discontinuities and often violent changes as well as many attempts to preserve and (re)invent traditional cultural identities. This series cultivates contemporary translations of influential literary works into English (and other languages) which have not been available to global readership due to censorship, the effects of Cold War or repetitive political disruptions in Czech publishing and its international ties. Readers in English both in today’s cosmopolitan Prague or anywhere in the physical and electronic world can thus become acquainted with works which capture the Central European historical experience and which express and also have helped to form Czech and Central European nature, humour and imagination. Believing that any literary canon can be defined only in dialogue with other cultures, the series will bring proven classics used in Western university courses as well as (re)discoveries aiming to provide new perspectives in intermedial areal studies of literature, history and culture. All titles are accompanied by an afterword, the translations are reviewed and circulated in the scholarly community before publication which has been reflected by nominations for several literary awards.
The Chattertooth Eleven

The Chattertooth Eleven

Bass, Eduard

Eduard Bass' story from 1922, a classic of Czech literature, has been published in English (Karolinum 2008). The translation, distinctive...

published: february 2009
recommended price: 390 czk

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Klapzubova jedenáctka

Klapzubova jedenáctka

Bass, Eduard

This already classic story by Eduard Bass from 1922 tells the story of father Klapzuba, who has raised his eleven sons as phenomenal socc...

published: june 2016
recommended price: 250 czk

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God's Rainbow

God's Rainbow

Durych, Jaroslav

This is a book about collective guilt, individual fate, and repentance, a tale that explores how we can come to be responsible for crimes...

published: september 2016
recommended price: 450 czk

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The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper

Dyk, Viktor

For The Pied Piper, Czech writer Viktor Dyk found his muse in the much retold medieval Saxon legend of the villainous, pipe-playing rat-c...

published: april 2018
recommended price: 280 czk

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Of Mice and Mooshaber

Of Mice and Mooshaber

Fuks, Ladislav

Ladislav Fuks is an outstanding Czech writer, whose works primarily consist of psychological fiction focusing on the themes of anxiety an...

published: june 2014
recommended price: 490 czk

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The Cremator (paperback)

The Cremator (paperback)

Fuks, Ladislav

“The devil’s neatest trick is to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.” It is a maxim that both rings true in our contemporary world and per...

published: october 2016
recommended price: 280 czk

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The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

Grosman, Ladislav

A classical work of the 1960s Czechoslovak literature and film in a new publication of Iris Urwin Lewit’s translation. An original and re...

published: august 2019
recommended price: 280 czk

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Behind the Lines

Behind the Lines

Hašek, Jaroslav

Jaroslav Hašek is a Czech writer most famous for his widely read if incomplete novel The Good Soldier Schweik, a series of absurdist vign...

Bugulma and Other Stories

published: august 2012
recommended price: 390 czk

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Rambling On (paperback)

Rambling On (paperback)

Hrabal, Bohumil

Bohumil Hrabal (1914–97) has been ranked with Jaroslav Hašek, Karel Čapek, and Milan Kundera as among the greatest twentieth-century Czec...

An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab

published: may 2016
recommended price: 280 czk

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