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.
Summer of Caprice

Summer of Caprice

Vančura, Vladislav

Vladislav Vancura's Summer of Caprice is commonly considered untranslatable. The playful style of the narrative, the level of language ma...

published: may 2006
recommended price: 480 czk

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Rozmarné léto

Rozmarné léto

Vančura, Vladislav

A famous work by Vladislav Vančura about adventures of magician Arnoštek, beautiful Anna, Mrs. Kateřina and mainly of three gentlemen in ...

published: december 2007
recommended price: 275 czk

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We Were a Handful

We Were a Handful

Poláček, Karel

A famous Czech humoristic novel depicting adventures of five boys from a small Czech town in the form of a child's diary written by Petr ...

published: december 2007
recommended price: 490 czk

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Bubáci pro všední den

Bubáci pro všední den

Michal, Karel

With famous Everyday Spooks (orig. publ. 1961), Prague-born Karel Michal presents an unforgettable assortment of fantastic creatures that...

published: october 2008
recommended price: 295 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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Les Hommes hors-jeu

Les Hommes hors-jeu

Poláček, Karel

Emmanuel Habasko est un jeune chômeur habitant avec son père dans un petit appartement de Zizkov, faubourg prolétaire de la capitale tché...

published: december 2012
recommended price: 430 czk

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Rozmarné léto (italsky)

Rozmarné léto (italsky)

Vančura, Vladislav

Vladislav Vancura's Summer of Caprice is commonly considered untranslatable. The playful style of the narrative, the level of language ma...

Un'estate capricciosa

published: november 2013
recommended price: 480 czk

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Rambling On

Rambling On

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: march 2014
recommended price: 390 czk

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