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Contents of CBWN 2013/2014
3 Book Results for the Czech Republic
in 2012
8 Bestsellers in the Czech Republic in 2012
12 Book World Prague to Celebrate
its Twentieth Anniversary
14 Business Contacts
16 Professional Contacts
Czech Literary Awards
18 Czech Centres
24 Supported Translations
of Czech Literature
26 Promoting the Translation
of Czech Literature Abroad
Book results for
the Czech Republic in 2012
The official statistics available show us that last year there was
a decline in practically all indicators of book production in the
Czech Republic with the exception of children’s book titles published. The one-percentage-point increase in VAT on books from
1 January 2013 (to 15 % on printed books and 21 % on electronic books) further complicates the difficult conditions under
which all members of the relatively small Czech book market operate. Although booksellers talk of a decline of about 15 %, a
lack of precise economic data makes this impossible to prove
with any degree of reliability. Our longstanding experience of the
concealing of statistics regarding sales, turnover and profit has
been carried over into the market segment of e-book sales.
Dr Jaroslav Císař
BIBLIO Literární noviny
[email protected]
than 9 %. In spite of this, in terms of book production by population the Czech Republic retains its position among world leaders.
Survey of number of book titles
and translations published
in the Czech Republic, 2008–2012
of which translated works
absolute no.
source: National Library of the Czech Republic
In terms of book publishing, the book market and nationwide
prospects in the Czech Republic, how should we evaluate 2012?
The sphere of books in this country is characterized by all attributes inherent to a country with an advanced literary culture and
a relatively small book market, and whose official language is not
a world language. Although it is not without its problems, it can
boast successes on the international stage, too. In 2012 the
range of book titles on offer was very diverse, in terms both of
theme and price. The sphere of books tends to respond quickly
to technological developments. In terms of the cultural values of
inhabitants of this country at the heart of Europe, there is strong
evidence that books play a leading role: associations are active,
there are many events, and contacts are maintained and cooperation enjoyed with counterparts abroad.
1 The production of printed books
According to the National Library of the Czech Republic, which
produces the Czech National Bibliography, data submitted obligatorily shows that after the previous, record-breaking year, the
year 2012 recorded a total of 17,247 published book titles (see
Table I, which also shows the number of published translations
and their share of total production). This represents a fall of more
Almost 2000 book titles (1997, to be exact) had no ISBN
(International Standard Book Number); to these the National
­Library of the Czech Republic assigned substitute identification.
This figure represents over 11.5 % of the year’s book production.
From the point of view of the book trade this is undoubtedly
an undesirable situation, and it marks a significant deviation from
the practice of previous years. Although the showing of an ISBN
is not obligatory, it certainly makes it easier for the book to find
its way to the reader as the EAN bar code for goods is derived
from it.
In real terms only about half of what is produced makes it
to ordinary bookshops: the remainder is made up of so-called
“grey” literature – statistics and systems guides, various publications for state institutions, university textbooks, printed matter
produced for specific purposes and other non-market publications. Of course, the actual volume of book production tells us
nothing about quality, sophistication, earnings and true share of
the Czech book market. The flipside of the number of published
titles concerns average costs, which are going down. There are
no exact figures to back up this assertion as publishers do not
disclose these indicators.
In comparison with certain other EU states, book publishing in the Czech Republic continues to be spread among a rela-
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tively large number of publishing entities, although there is ever
more concentration in this field of activity. Large publishing
groups buy up individual brands in order that their portfolios encompass as broad a range of reader categories and types of
book production as possible. A total of 22 private publishing entities (see Table III) and 11 presses of institutes of higher education
and state institutions (see Table IV) each published more than
one hundred new titles. Presses of institutes of higher education
are special in that they produce a great many titles in small editions. In 2012 these thirty-plus largest publishers produced more
than one third (37.5 %) of Czech book titles (for purposes of
comparison I show in parentheses the figures for 2011), a total of
6460 (7443) titles, of which 4256 (4705) are from private publishers and 2204 (2738) from presses of institutes of higher education and state institutions.
A further 130 or so presses (of private schools, institutes
of higher education and state institutes) pursue a systematic
publishing programme and can also be considered large. Twenty-three of these produced between 50 and 99 titles, 110 between 20 and 49. Thus it can be stated that almost 200 publishing entities had a significant involvement in the main volume of
book production in the Czech Republic. The remaining majority
are medium-sized, small or occasional publishers. The tip representing the largest publishers continues to narrow: the year before last nearly 40 publishing entities produced between 50 and
99 titles, while almost 120 produced between 20 and 49. Sceptical practitioners and experts are expecting the Czech book market to record a significant decrease in 2013, particularly among
medium-sized and small book publishers.
2 Registration of publishers
In 2012 approximately half of the 5747 publishing entities registered published at least one book; this is a similar figure to that of
the year before last. Data on the registration of book publishers
in accordance with the ISBN international system of methodol­
ogy (see Table II), which the former Czechoslovakia did not join
until 1989 (the Czech Republic did so in 1993), provide a reliable
indication of the activities of publishers in the Czech lands since
the denationalization of the publishing industry after November
1989. As no registered publishing entity is ever removed from the
system, it includes defunct as well as active publishing houses
and also entities which are active but not currently practising the
activities of publisher or have suspended them. These statistical
data provide a complete picture of the dynamics of development
and movement in the book industry in this country. The legislative
requirements for an entity to become a publisher of books in the
Czech Republic are relatively simple and liberal. The National
ISBN Agency estimates that in 2012 around 100 publishers of
non-periodical publications wound up their activities (in a total of
c. 1500 since November 1989); over 300 publishing entities were
Number of publishers registered in the Czech
Republic against number of publishing entities
that published at least one book title, 2008–2012
(as at 31 Dec. of each given year)
registered publ.
active publ.*
source: National ISBN Agency
* Exact figures only for publishers that cite ISBN on their publications. As mentioned above,
in 2012 almost 2000 titles were assigned a unified substitute identifier by the National Library
of the Czech Republic; this applies to another several hundred (mostly) small publishers.
2.1 Private publishers
Table III shows the largest private publishers in the Czech Republic – with the exception of Academia1 – by number of non-periodical publications issued last year. This somewhat mechanically
set criterion gives us at least a rough idea of the size and turnover
of the companies in question, though naturally it tells us nothing
of the quality and editorial demands made of the books produced, their earnings and – in particular – their true position on
and share of the Czech book market.
The largest and most important publishing entities have
long maintained their positions in terms of the volume of their
book production. After its extensive buy-out of established publishing brands in the years 2010 and 2011 the Albatros Media a.s.
publishing group continued to sharpen its thematic and editorial
focus. At the beginning of 2013 the company extended its portfolio with, a Czech publisher of e-books.
Largest private book publishers in the Czech
Republic by number of titles published in 2012
1.Albatros Media, Prague*
Euromedia Group, Prague**
Grada Publishing, Prague
Moravská Bastei – MOBA, Brno
5.Argo, Prague
Fragment, Havlíčkův Brod/Prague
Egmont ČR, Prague
7–8.Levné knihy, Prague***
9.Václav Svojtka & Co, Prague
10–11. BB art, Prague
10–11. Mladá fronta, Prague
12.Alter, Prague
Dauphin, Prague
Tribun EU, Brno
1 Alongside academic publications for staff of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech
Republic, a significant proportion of Academia’s output is for the general book market.
Wolters Kluwer ČR, Prague
Nová forma, České Budějovice
3 The composition of book production
17.Rebo Production CZ, Čestlice /Průhonice
In 2012 new titles – i.e. newly published books that are original
Czech works or translations – accounted for almost 89 % of the
total book production of publishing entities in the Czech Republic; in absolute terms this is 15,275 titles from a total of 17,247.
This indicator does not deviate significantly from the trend set in
previous years. If we limit our analysis to works of Czech provenance, we see that these account for almost 66 % of last year’s
total book production – in absolute terms, this is 11,376 titles.
The book production of Czech publishing entities in 2012
was dominated by books in Czech, which accounted for almost
87 % (in absolute terms, 14,964 titles). A further 923 titles were
published in Czech with parts in another language, which represents a fall of almost 30 % in comparison with last year, when
1276 such publications were produced. In addition to this,
166 multilingual publications were issued by Czech publishers
last year, a figure similar to that of 2011 (159 titles).
As to books from Czech publishing houses in foreign
languages, English was again dominant (753 titles). The share
of non-periodical publications published in English in 2012
accounted for 4 % of total book production in the Czech Republic. In the period under review, 1194 titles in another 27 languages
were published in the Czech Republic. Table V shows numbers of
books issued by Czech publishing entities in certain foreign languages in the years 2008–2012.
Portál, Prague
19.Slovart, Prague
Nová škola, Brno
Triton, Prague
22.Academia, Prague
source: National Library of the Czech Republic and National ISBN Agency
Note: The table includes entities that in 2012 published more than 100 new non-periodical
titles – i.e. excluding re-editions and new editions of previously published titles. Figures in
brackets show the number of titles issued by each publisher in 2011.
* Figures for Albatros Media a.s. are given in total. The group includes the imprints Albatros,
CooBoo, Motto, Plus, XYZ, Computer Press, Biz Books, CPress and Edika.
** Figures for the Euromedia Group are given in total. The group includes the imprints Knižní
klub, Ikar and Odeon.
*** Figures for Levné knihy, a.s. are given in total. The group includes the imprints Levné
knihy and Československý spisovatel.
2.2 Presses of institutes of higher
education, universities and institutions
of central government
For presses of institutes of higher education, universities and institutions of central government the same criteria applied in 2012
as in previous years. The average extent of their costs is in most
cases incomparable with the costs incurred by private publishers. Their editorial plans are governed above all by the prioritization of the needs of given schools, faculties and departments.
Their activities remain constant in spite of significant fluctuation
in the cases of the Czech Statistical Office and the Institute of
Health Information, for instance, whose publishing activities are
largely determined by the need to evaluate surveys of public
opinion, censuses of population, etc.
Largest presses of institutes of higher
education, universities and institutions
of central government in the Czech Republic
by number of titles published in 2012
Masarykova univerzita, Brno
2.Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, Olomouc
3.VŠ báňská – Technická univerzita, Ostrava
Karolinum, Prague
5.Vysoké učení technické, Brno
Česká zemědělská univerzita, Prague
7.Vydavatelství ČVUT, Prague
Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita, Brno
9.Ostravská univerzita, Ostrava
Český statistický úřad, Prague
Západočeská univerzita, Plzeň
source: National Library of the Czech Republic and National ISBN Agency
Note: The table includes entities that in 2012 produced more than 100 new non-periodical
titles – i.e. excluding re-editions and new editions of previously published titles. Figures in
brackets show the number of titles issued by each publisher in 2011.
Numbers of books issued by Czech
publishing entities in certain foreign
languages, 2008–2012
20201318 8
source: National Library of the Czech Republic
The share of fiction in last year’s total book production
remained at the level of 2011, in spite of a fall of almost 500 published titles. This proportion – almost 27 % – is above average
when compared to the composition of book production in other
countries of the EU. The number of works of literary criticism and
literary history published in 2012 totalled 210. Around the same
number of textbooks (university and other) were published in
2012 as in 2011, their share of total book production remaining at
9 %. Only children’s books recorded an increase in terms of titles
published – of over 9 %, thus achieving a record in terms both of
quantity and proportion of total annual production in the Czech
Republic (almost 10 %; see Table VI).
Published book titles in certain
categories, 2008–2012
children’s books
textbooks (university and other) 21321489153615961522
source: National Library of the Czech Republic
4 Translations
In 2012 the share of the total volume of Czech book production
claimed by works in translation was again more than a third; 5871
titles appeared, about 10 % down on the record year of 2011,
which is basically in line with last year’s overall decrease in the
number of books produced. This indicator continues to place the
Czech Republic alongside Hungary and the Baltic States as one
of the countries which produces the most books in translation.
This is given by the fact that Czech is not a world language and
the resulting need to open doors to other language cultures. It
should be emphasized that artistic translation in the Czech lands
has a long tradition and is of a relatively high standard.2
The Czech Literary Translators’ Guild confers the annual
“Torturer’s Rack” award for poor translations, i.e. which demonstrate an inability to translate text in a manner that is factually and
semantically correct and a disregard for the artistic intent of the
original, and which violate the code of ethics for the publishing of
works in translation. The announcement of the “winners” at the
Book World Prague fair always attracts the culturally-aware public. Only in exceptional cases do “winners” appear to collect their
Last year Czech publishers gave their readers translated
works in more than 40 languages, some of which, such as
Bangla, Icelandic, Sanskrit, Sorbian, Macedonian and Flemish,
are relatively uncommon in the Czech Republic. The identity of
the three most-translated languages has remained unchanged
since 1990. These are English, which in 2012 accounted for more
than half (55 %) of all published translations, German (17 %) and
French (some way behind at 4 %). Evidently due to the constant
popularity of Scandinavian crime fiction, translations from the
languages of Scandinavia – led by Swedish, with 48 titles – again
made a strong showing. Twenty-six books were translated from
Norwegian and 11 from Danish.
Despite a slight decline, the most-translated Slavonic languages in 2012 were Slovak, Polish and Russian, an order which
is unchanged from previous years. Titles translated from other
Slavonic languages have long been significantly less frequent:
2 Until the end of the 15th century Czech was one of only three modern languages into which
the Bible had been translated, along with German and French. Translator from the English
Martin Hilský – whose works include modern translations into Czech of the complete works
of Shakespeare – is a laureate of the State Prize for Translation. In 2001 he was awarded the
Order of the British Empire for the propagation abroad of English literature.
the total published per year is usually around twenty. In 2011
there was something of a breakthrough in this respect: a record
40 titles were published. This trend continued last year, in which
33 titles were translated from Slavonic languages (10 from Croatian, 7 from Slovenian, 5 from Serbian, plus titles from Macedonian, Bulgarian, Sorbian and Belarusian). Table VII (immediately
below) shows the languages from which most translations were
produced in the Czech Republic in the period 2008–2012.
Books in translation published
in the Czech Republic, 2008–2012
of which from
German 1168115710581129 970
Spanish 95
94102111116 66
Russian 6678738778
source: National Library of the Czech Republic
5 E-books
In the past three years e-books have become an established feature of the Czech book market. Of course, in terms of demand
and economic potential the relatively small Czech e-book market
cannot be compared with the book markets of the Anglo-Saxon
countries, for instance. In the Czech Republic interest in e-books
in foreign languages is growing, however.
The number of electronic readers in operation and interest
in purchasing them are on the rise, as is the number of libraries
that comply with the wishes of their readers by lending e-books
and electronic readers. What they offer is so far limited mainly to
Czech and foreign works of literature that are not subject to copy­
right protection (which applies until 70 years after an author’s
death). It is understandable that publishers are resisting the further expansion of methods of lending e-books in libraries: legislation in this area is not sufficient. Many publishers and authors
are justifiably afraid that their literary works will be subject to piracy though copying or other reproduction. While sales of individual titles remain relatively low – in hundreds, at most thousands – security through DRM (Digital Rights Management)
technology is reflected unfavourably in e-book production costs.
This situation is, however, bringing into being specialist Czech
companies that develop software for e-book protection.
Today’s Czech producers of e-books are established publishers already well known for their printed output as well as new
entities specializing in the production of e-books. They include
Academia, Argo, Baronet, Bookanýr, Brokilon, Domino, Druhé
město, Epocha, Euromedia Group, Fragment, Fraus, Freetim(e)
publishing, Galén, Host, Jota, Kniha Zlín, Knižní klub, Listen,
Paseka, Portál, Radioservis, Talpress, Torst and Triton.
The number of Internet bookstores and literature portals is
also growing. The best known of these include Academia e-knihy
(, ebookstore (, eLibellus
(, eReading (, Euromedia
Group (, Kosmas (, Neoluxor (neoluxor.
cz), Palmknihy (, Warbler (
and Wooky (
In the Czech Republic there are now specialist portals for
e-books, including one with contributions on the theory and
practice of e-books and another for fans of e-books that contains
evaluations of books and authors along with rankings.
The existing publishers and sellers of e-books, online
bookstores and literature portals choose different marketing approaches for the introduction of e-book titles to the market. Usually this occurs shortly after the title in question has reached
booksellers in printed form. There are, however, known cases of
the introduction of a book in electronic form before the publication of its printed edition and of the setting of a low introductory
price. As is the case abroad (e.g., the output of
certain producers is bound to a specific tool and technological
platform for the display of text and images. In the Czech Republic, too, strong publishing and business entities with a broad
range of titles are ever more influential. Also of interest are data
on e-books in which purchasers show no interest; according to
different sellers, this concerns between 10 % and 33 % of titles
5.1 Records of e-books
In July 2010 the Czech National ISBN Agency began to assign
ISBNs to online publications (e-books) and established a database of registered e-books. Although this database provides the
most complete record of online publications in the Czech Republic, it is not yet exhaustive, not least because publishers can
choose whether or not to register their e-book titles. Nor does it
distinguish adequately the use of different formats for the record-
3 a part of the Albatros Media a. s. publishing group since 2013
ing of digital text. Last year 3997 online publications (e-books)
were assigned an ISBN.
By 31 December 2012 a total of 5621 recordings had been
registered in the database. This does not equate to the same
number of book titles, however: the text of one book may be
available in more than one format. The most common formats are
pdf, ePub and Mobipocket.
A trial is planned that will see the sending out of so-called
“voluntary-obligatory copies” of online publications (e-books) on
a greater scale. Like printed works, these should in future be subject to a sequence of processes, from the assigning of an ISBN,
through acquisition, naming and subject processing to placing in
an inventory in preparation for lending.
The Czech book industry continues to be adversely affected by
the ongoing economic crisis. Information from producers, retailers and distributors suggests that the Czech book market is in
a state of decline and stagnation. It is still coming to terms with a
rate of VAT that is high by EU standards. Unfortunately books are
afflicted by being classed as non-essential commodities and the
fact that their typical buyers tend not to be from the strongest
stratum of Czech society. Yet there has been an increase in the
number of activities and events that promote acquisition of an
interest in book-reading, especially among children and young
people; various cultural institutions (with libraries at the vanguard), civic associations and private entities are involved in
these. Notably, the organizers of Night with Andersen, which
spread to the Czech Republic several years ago, received an
international award from Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen
Committee in spring 2013.
Representatives of the individual segments of the Czech
book market are well aware of the impossibility of living off the
tradition of the Czechs’ positive attitude to books, their aboveaverage interest in reading and the widespread fondness for the
building of home libraries.
Bestsellers in the czech republic in 2012
1. James E. L.: Padesát odstínů šedi / Fifty Shades of Grey, XYZ, 978-80-7388-705
2. Nesbo Jo: Sněhulák / Snømannen, Kniha Zlín, 978-80-8749-745
3. Špaček Ladislav: Deset let s Václavem Havlem (Ten Years with Václav Havel), Mladá fronta,
4. Viewegh Michal: Mráz přichází z Hradu (The Big Freeze from Prague Castle), Druhé město,
5. Nesbo Jo: Spasitel / Frelseren, Kniha Zlín, 978-80-8749-708
6. Tučková Kateřina: Žítkovské bohyně (The Goddesses of Žítková), Host, 978-80-7294-528
7. Pratchett Terry: Úžasná Zeměplocha 34 / Thud!, Talpress, 978-80-7197-454
8. French Dawn: Tak trochu úžasní / A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Argo, 978-80-257-0669
9. Albright Madeleine: Pražská zima / Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance
and War, 1937-1948, Argo, 978-80-257-0714
10.Kosatík Pavel: Věra Čáslavská – Život na Olympu (Věra Čáslavská – Life on Mount
Olympus), Mladá fronta, 978-80-204-2630
11.Kryl Karel: Země Lhostejnost (Country Indifference), Torst, 978-80-7215-428
12.Kepler Lars: Svědkyně ohně / Eldvittnet, Host, 978-80-7294-661
13.Svěrák Zdeněk: Nové povídky (New Stories), Fragment, 978-80-253-1233
14.Šabach Petr: Máslem dolů (Butter-side Down), Paseka, 978-80-7432-187
15.Potter Alexandra: Já a pan Darcy / Me and Mr. Darcy, Radioservis, 978-80-87530-12
16.Eco Umberto: Pražský hřbitov / Il cimitero di Praga, Argo, 978-80-257-0487
17.Horváth Pavel, Palička Jan: Pavel Horváth – Můj příběh nekončí (Pavel Horváth – My Story
Does Not End), Terra, 978-80-902282-7
18.Vondruška Vlastimil: Přemyslovská epopej II. (A Premyslid Epic II), Moba,
19.Beahm George: Třeskutá kniha – Teorie velkého třesku / Unraveling the Mysteries of The
Big Bang Theory: An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion (TV Companion) /
Smart Pop /, Argo, 978-80-257-0664
20.Poledňáková Marie: Líbáš jako ďábel / You Kiss Like a Devil, Knižní klub,
21.Vondruška Vlastimil: Podivná svatba na Lichnici (A Strange Wedding at Lichnice), Moba,
22.Viewegh Michal: Mafie v Praze (The Mafia in Prague), Druhé město, 978-80-7227-313
23.Martin R.R.G.: Tanec s draky / A Dance with Dragons, Talpress, 978-80-7197-447
24.Rath David: Přisedněte si (Join Him), Columbus, 978-80-87588-24
25.Riggs Ransom: Sirotčinec slečny Peregrinové pro podivné děti / Miss Peregrine’s Home for
Peculiar Children, Jota, 978-80-7462-019
26.Fielding Joy: Až ji uvidíš / Now You See Her, Talpress, 978-80-249-1841
27.Pawlowská Halina: Až se mě dcera zeptá (When My Daughter Asks Me), Motto,
28.Forsyth Frederick: Příběh Biafry / The Biafra Story, Knižní klub, 978-80-242-3390
29.Halík Tomáš: Chci, abys byl (I Want You To Be), Nakladatelství Lidové noviny,
30.McDougall Christopher: Born to run – Zrozeni k běhu / Born to Run, Mladá fronta,
1. Mačingová Antónia: Zhubněte jednou provždy! (Lose Weight Once and for All), Brána,
2. Pohlreich Zdeněk: Šéf na grilu II (A Chef on the Grill II), Closer Publishing,
3. Vaněk Roman: Poklady klasické české kuchyně (Treasures of Classical Czech Cuisine),
Pražský kulinářský institut, 978-80-90504-80
4. Doležalová Alena: Domácí krabičková dieta (Home Diet in a Box), Dona, 978-80-7322-149
5. Vaněk Roman: Kouzlo kuchyně Čech a Moravy (The Magic of Czech and Moravian
Cuisine), Pražský kulinářský institut, 978-80-90504-88
6. Marková Jana: Daňové zákony 2012 (Tax Laws 2012), Grada Publishing,
7. Pikora Vladimír, Šichtařová Markéta: Nahá pravda (The Naked Truth), NF distribuce,
8. Hora Petr: Toulky českou minulostí 13 (A Walk through Czech History), Via Facti,
9. Pohlreich Zdeněk: Šéf na grilu (A Chef on the Grill), Magazine, 978-80-90461-04
10.Strunecká Anna, Patočka Jiří: Doba jedová 2 (Poison Age 2), Triton, 978-80-7387-555
11.kol.: Youcat / Youcat, Karmelitánské nakladatelství, 978-80-7195-595
12.Fressange Ines de la: Se šarmem Pařížanky / La Parisienne, Knižní klub, 978-80-242-3287
13.Pecháčková Dita: Deník Dity P. (Dita P.’s Diary), Dita Pecháčková, 978-80-905023-0
14.Pikora Vladimír, Šichtařová Markéta: Všechno je jinak (Everything is Different), Grada,
For more information see
15.Havlíček Petr, Lamschová Petra: Jídlo jako životní styl II. (Food as Lifestyle), Mladá fronta,
16.Bárta Miroslav, Kovář Martin: Kolaps a regenerace (Collapse and Recovery), Academia,
17.kolektiv: Zákoník práce 2012 (Labour Code 2012), Sagit, 978-80-7208-886
18.Apetit: Těstoviny (Pasta), Burda Media, 978-80-87575-02
19.Toušlová I., Podhorský M., Maršál J.: Toulavá kamera 14 (Wandering Camera 14),
Freytag a Berndt, 978-80-7445-064
20.Toušlová I., Podhorský M., Maršál J.: Toulavá kamera 15 (Wandering Camera 15),
Freytag a Berndt, 978-80-7445-067
21.Taleb Nicholas Nassim: Černá labuť / The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly
Improbable, Paseka, 978-80-7432-128
22.Sedláček Tomáš: Ekonomie dobra a zla (Economics of Good and Evil),
Nakladatelství 65. pole, 978-80-87506-10
23.kolektiv: Prostřeno! s VIP (Place Settings with VIPs), Ikar, 978-80-249-2043
24.Apetit: Vánoce (Christmas), Burda Media, 978-80-87575-03
25.Pohlreich Zdeněk: Šéf na smetaně (A Chef in Cream Sauce), Closer Publishing,
26.Guy Gilbert: Ať se ti život povede! / Réussis ta vie!, Portál, 978-80-262-0157
27.Strunecká Anna, Patočka Jiří: Doba jedová (Poison Age), Triton, 978-80-7387-469
28.Apetit: Dorty a dezerty (Cakes and Desserts), Burda Media, 978-80-87575-01
29.kolektiv: Abeceda mzdového účetnictví (An Alphabet of Payroll Accounting), Anag,
30.Křivohlavý Jaro: Hořet, ale nevyhořet (To Burn and Not to Burnout), Karmelitánské
nakladatelství, 978-80-7195-573
Books for Children
1. Paolini Christopher: Odkaz dračích jezdců 4 / Eragon 4, Fragment, 978-80-253-1366
2. Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky 6 / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6, CooBoo,
3. Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky / Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Albatros, 978-80-00-02225
4. Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky 2 / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, CooBoo,
5. Špaček Ladislav: Dědečku, vyprávěj (Tell Me, Grandpa), Mladá fronta, 978-80-204-2810
6. Žáček Jiří: Kamarádi zvířátka (Animal Friends), Fragment, 978-80-7200-477
7. Williams D.: Babička drsňačka / Gangsta Granny, Argo, 978-80-257-0713
8. Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky 3 / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3, CooBoo,
9. Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky 5 / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5, CooBoo,
10.Nesbo Jo: Doktor Proktor a prdicí prášek / Doktor Proktors prompepulver, Jota,
11.Saint-Exupéry Antoine de: Malý princ / Le Petit Prince, Albatros, 978-80-00-02738
12.Kinney Jeff: Deník malého poseroutky 4 / Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4, CooBoo,
13.Twardovski Jan: Poklad / Pierwsza komunia z białą kokardą, Karmelitánské nakladatelství,
14.Flanagan John: Hraničářův učeň 11 / Ranger’s Apprentice 11, Egmont, 978-80-252-2015
15.Collins Suzanne: Hunger Games 1 / Hunger Games 1, Fragment, 978-80-253-1012
16.Čapek Josef: Povídání o pejskovi a kočičce (Stories of Dog and Cat), Triáda,
17.Sodomka Martin: Jak si postavit auto (How to Build a Car), MS studio, 978-80-905207-0
18.Sládek J.V.: Hraní s básničkami (Playing with Poems), Axióma, 978-80-7292-216
19.Nesbo Jo: Doktor Proktor a vana času / Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar, Jota,
20.Miler Zdeněk, Petiška Eduard: Krtek a kalhotky (How Little Mole Got His Trousers),
Knižní klub, 978-80-242-2605
21.Eichlerová Ilona, Havlíčková Jana: Logopedické pohádky (Fairy Tales for Speech Therapy),
Portál, 978-80-262-0060
22.Šrut Pavel, Miklínová Galina: Lichožrouti (The Odd-Sock Eaters), Paseka,
23.Štíplová L., Němeček J.: Hvězdné příběhy Čtyřlístku (Star Stories of a Four-leaf Clover),
Čtyřlístek, 978-80-85389-95
24.Gordon Roderick, Williams Brian: Útok z Podzemí / Closer, Fragment, 978-80-253-1368
25.Maděra Petr: Houbeles pictus (Houbeles pictus), Práh, 978-80-7252-223
26.Riordan Rick: Bohové Olympu 2 / Heroes of Olympus 2, Fragment, 978-80-253-1463
27.Sís Petr, Bolliger Max: Šťastný skřítek / Die Zwergengeschichte, Paseka, 978-80-7432-209
28.Lindgren Astrid: Děti z Bullerbynu / Barnen i Bullerbyn, Albatros, 978-80-00-02372
29.Collins Suzanne: Hunger Games 3 / Hunger Games 3, Fragment, 978-80-253-1238
30.Chrastná Marie, Chrastný Jiří: Velká kniha úkolů pro malé šikuly (A Great Book of Tasks for
Small Dab Hands), Beníšek, 978-80-87089-18
At a session of the board of the Association of Czech Booksellers
and Publishers held on 25 April 2013 a new chairman was elected by secret ballot, serving chairman Vladimír Pistorius having
made his position available.
Martin Vopěnka (b. 1963) is a Czech publisher and writer of renown. Although he graduated from the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, he has never been active in this field. Since 1991
his publishing house Práh has published over 500 books, including several bestsellers. He is the published writer of 15 books for
adults, children and young people; some of these have been
translated into other languages. Vopěnka writes occasional
pieces of social commentary for the newspaper Mladá fronta
DNES and appears in numerous media interviews. He likes to
travel in remote and rugged landscapes and regularly takes part
in long-distance cross-country skiing challenges. Martin
Vopěnka, his wife and their four children live in Prague.
Masaryk University Press is one of the most productive academic
publishers in the Czech Republic, publishing c. 400 new titles per year
including books, journals and e-products across the broad spectrum of
humanities, social sciences, science and medicine.
The University publishing activities are carried out on different levels:
by Masaryk University Press, by the faculties and other university
departments. Masaryk University publishing activities are followed
by an Editorial board consisting of prominent lecturers from the
As a department of Masaryk University our publishing furthers the
University's objectives of excellence in scholarship, research, and
education, aiming to enhance its prestige amongst professionals, to
support quality, standard and credibility of academic outputs, and to
establish partnerships and cooperations between university presses
on an international level.
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PROSPERO sells publications on the history and theory of theatre, scenography,
and theatre architecture, stage plays,
musical theatre, pantomime and dance.
It also sells specialised lexicons and encyclopaedias, catalogues, periodicals,
audio and video recordings, and foreignlanguage books.
PROSPERO is operated by
The Arts and Theatre Institute.
is a small publishing house specialized on social sciences
and humanities
Steven Saxonberg, Hana Hašková, Jiří Mudrák:
The Development of Czech Childcare Policies
This book attempts to answer the key question:
why a country that used to belong to the world
leaders in providing access to childcare has so
suddenly become one of the greatest laggards
concerning care for children under three. The
authors show the historical-institutional roots
of the development of contemporary Czech
childcare discourses and policies and uncover the historical decisions that set the Czech
Republic down its gendered, familialist path.
They emphasize the interaction between institutions and discourses of childcare. Their book reveals how Czech institutions and political decisions of the past have led to the present unsatisfactory
situation of the Czech early childcare.
isbn 978-80-7419-101-5, 174 pp., 475 czk / 19.00 eur
Pat Lyons: Adjectives of Democracy.
Citizenship and Political Attitudes under Socialist and Liberal
Democracy in the Czech Republic
The central empirical puzzle addressed in this book is why are
Czech citizens’ attitudes towards key facets of democracy so similar under socialist democracy in 1968 and liberal democracy in
2008? Examining unique survey datasets from the late 1960s and
2008 this book reveals that Czech and Slovak citizens’ political attitudes can justifiably be characterised in terms of stability. This
stability may be understood as a general feature of citizens’ relationship with democratic values and their implementation in regimes that adopt competing adjectives.
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Book World Prague to celebrate
its twentieth anniversary
Personal recollections of Dana Kalinová, fair director
In 2014 the international book fair and literary festival will celebrate its twentieth anniversary. In 1995 it was held for the first
time since the 1989 Velvet Revolution by the newly reconstituted
Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers. The preparation of the event – which would address the professional public
at home and abroad – was managed by the board of the Association under the leadership of its founder and chairman Jan
Kanzelsberger. Thus was the tradition of an annual international
professional gathering in the Czech Republic established. It was
no easy task: the success of the project depended on its positive
reception by prominent exhibitors at home and abroad and on
advertising that would gain quick and effective access to the
subconscious of the international professional public, thus writing an entirely new event into the calendar of established, popular events around the world. By its admirable efforts the board of
the Association succeeded in gaining the trust of the leadership
of the Frankfurt Book Fair, whose director Peter Weidhaas gave
his full support to the idea of the Prague fair. It also established
cooperation with the Leipzig Book Fair, whose director (then and
now) Oliver Zille offered much valuable advice. It was often necessary to overcome a lack of trust on the part of certain Czech
entities and competitors abroad that did not understand the
Czech book market and were incapable of identifying with its
needs. Last but not least it was essential to obtain financial resources to ensure high-quality organization to go hand in hand
with optimum cooperation with Prague Exhibition Grounds.
In its early years Book World Prague had many teething
problems. My involvement in its organization began in 1996, with
the second event, and I still remember all the difficulties we had to
overcome. Each year we strove to raise the bar in terms of organization and content so as to get closer to the quality of services and programme range offered by well-known events abroad.
Several milestones have contributed to the development
and increasing importance of the fair:
2012 – Guest of Honour: Romania
2011 – Guest of Honour: Saudi Arabia
2013 – Guest of Honour: Slovakia
2008 – Guest of Honour: Spain
2010 – Guest of Honour: Poland
August 1997 saw the founding of Book World Ltd. [Svět
knihy s.r.o.], which would take over and expand the business
activities of the Association.
In 1998 I became a member of a group comprising directors of international book fairs, who have taught me a lot and
continue to act as my models and mentors.
In 2001 the organization of the fair became financially independent of Prague Exhibition Grounds. Prague hosted an international Literature Across Frontiers conference with the participation of eminent writers and translators from all over Europe.
Book World Ltd. became a partner in a project supported by the
EU Culture project, helping it to establish international cooperation on a much larger scale.
With the support of UNESCO the guest of honour at the
2003 fair was the African continent. The fair hosted the conferral
of the prestigious Noma Award for Best African Book, the first
time in 25 years that this had taken place outside Africa.
The 2006 fair saw the extensive collective exposure of
countries where Slavonic languages are spoken, again with
UNESCO support.
The main theme of the 2009 fair was the presentation of all
27 member states of the EU. On this occasion many authors and
leading figures of literature came to the fair.
Every book market has its peculiarities, which to some extent impact retroactively on the quality and content of book fairs.
Nevertheless, all such events without exception have an important role to play for the book industry: they provide media attention, offer a platform for the presentation of the book production
of home and foreign markets, and they appeal to society as a
When we look back on the twenty years in which we have
welcomed so many exhibitors, writers and literary figures, and in
which readers continue to come to the fair in great numbers, we
can say in good conscience that the Prague fair has always offered an interesting and thematically comprehensive programme.
For ten years now our accompanying programme has been subtitled “International Literary Festival”; its programme at the fair
has presented thousands of books and provided a venue for the
coming together of many professionals.
The Book World Prague international book fair and literary
festival is now the largest books-related event in the Czech Republic. It is attended regularly by exhibitors and guests from
more than thirty countries and regions of the world. The literary
festival comprises about 400 accompanying programmes.
Dana Kalinová – director of the fair
2004 – Guest of Honour:
Ireland, scotland,
2006 – Guest of Honour: Latvia
2003 – Guest of Honour: Africa
2005 – Guest of Honour: Slovenia
2007 – Guest of Honour: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
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phone: +336 62 14 19 11
e-mail: [email protected]
Fiction, Presentation – Attributed for the
first time in spring 2012, the Czech Book
Award recognizes annually one new piece
of literary fiction originally written in Czech
and published during the previous year by
a publisher in the country. It promotes
laureates’ books abroad in order to find
publishers to translation issues.
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Organisation of Book World Prague (annual
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ALFRÉD RADOK AWARD | The Alfréd Radok Awards were first awarded in 1992. The
original awarding body (from May 2002) was the Alfréd Radok Foundation, which was founded by an initiative of the theatrical and literary agency Aura-Pont. In 2002 activities were
extended with the founding of the Alfréd Radok Awards Foundation, for which the Aura-Pont
agency was joined by the Czech Literature Foundation, the Writers’ Guild, the Czech Centre
of the International PEN Club and Svět a divadlo magazine. (
ARTIS BOHEMIAE AMICS MEDAL | For the propagation of the good name of Czech
culture. (
CZECH LITERATURE FUND ANNUAL AWARD | Awarded to outstanding artistic, academic and journalistic works by the Czech Literary Fund. (
F. X. ŠALDA AWARD | Awarded for an outstanding contribution to arts criticism or critical journalism. Initiated in 1995. (
FRANZ KAFKA AWARD | The only international literary award to be awarded in the
Czech Republic. Initiated in 2001. The laureate is selected by an international jury.
GOLDEN RIBBON | Awarded by the Writers’ Guild, Illustrators’ Club and Czech section of
IBBY to the authors of a book for children and/or young people. (
JAN SKÁCEL AWARD | In the words of its statutes, this award should be awarded to “an
outstanding work of Czech poetry which is inspired by the best traditions and the spirit
of Moravian verse”.
JAROSLAV SEIFERT AWARD | Awarded for an outstanding work of poetry or fiction published in the past three years. Awarded by: the Charter 77 Foundation. (
JIŘÍ (GEORGE) THEINER AWARD | The award is awarded by Book World Ltd., a company of the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers, to a living person or institution operating abroad who or which by their or its acts, initiatives and/or long-term
endeavours contributes to the dissemination and promotion of Czech literature abroad.
JIŘÍ ORTEN AWARD | Awarded to the author of a work of prose or poetry in Czech. At
the time of the work’s completion, the author may not be older than 30 years. The work
should have been published in book form or a major part of it published in a periodical
in the 12 months before the closing date of the competition. Awarded by: The Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers. (
JOSEF JUNGMANN AWARD | Awarded to the best work of translation into Czech from
the previous calendar year, with nominees from prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction
from the humanities. Awarded by Obec překladatelů (The Translators’ Guild of the Czech
Republic) (
JOSEF ŠKVORECKÝ AWARD | Award for the best book of the previous twelve months; the
award has a student category. Awarded by the Josef Škvorecký Society. (
KAREL ČAPEK AWARD | Initiated in 1994. Conferred biennially for a “major contribution
to Czech literature” by the Czech Centre of the International PEN Club. Awarded by: the
Czech Centre of the PEN Club and the PEN Friends’ Society. (
KNIŽNÍ KLUB AWARD FOR LITERATURE | This award has been awarded by Knížní Klub
publishers since 1995 to the author of the most interesting manuscript of an unpublished novel, which Knižní Klub will subsequently publish. (
MAX BROD AWARD | Competition for the best student essay. Initiated in 1995.
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD | Awarded to a one-off publication for
the perfection of its technical production and its function as an object of excellent polygraphic and artistic quality. (
PREMIA BOHEMICA | Awarded by Obec spisovatelů [the Writers’ Guild] to a Czech
scholar from abroad whose work has served to promote Czech literature in his/her
country. (
STATE AWARD FOR A WORK OF TRANSLATION | Awarded for a translation of a literary
work from a foreign language into Czech to have been published in a given year or the
year previous to it. The Award takes into consideration the previous literary translation
work of nominees. A State Award may also be awarded in recognition of a lifetime’s
translation work of excellence. Awarded by: the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. (
STATE AWARD FOR LITERATURE | Awarded for an original literary work in Czech which
is adjudged the most important to have been published in a given year or the year previous to it. A State Award may also be awarded in recognition of a lifetime’s work of excellence. Awarded by: the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. (
TOM STOPPARD AWARD | Awarded every May to an author of Czech origin, in most
cases for an outstanding essay work which inspires by its thoughts and ideas.
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…more info at and
All the Elephants
in the Orchestra
Všichni sloni
v orchestru
Illustrated Dictionaries
How Little Mole
Got His Trousers
Jak Krtek ke
kalhotkám přišel age +4
age +4
Aleš Čuma
The books become a good helper for learning and practicing foreign
words. On the fun images that illustrate the current life situations,
you will find the names of things that are encountered daily. Focusing
on travel, entertainment, household items, school, sports, etc. each
thematic unit is completed by simple phrases from life. At the end
there is a comprehensive bilingual dictionary with all the words from
the book. The manual is designed for children, but not limited to them.
format: 110 x 180 mm
format: 235 x 235 mm
136 pp
first edition: 2013
64 pp
first edition: 1960
136 pp
first edition: 2009
The Czech Centres promote Czech cultural life on the international stage and actively reinforce the perception of the Czech
Republic throughout the world as a modern and creative country
with a rich cultural tradition.
The organization was established and is funded by the
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on behalf of the Czech Republic abroad.
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Their network is comprised of 23 Czech Centres in
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110 00 Praha 1
phone: +420-234 668 211
fax: +420-234 668 215
e-mail: [email protected]
Herrengasse 17
1010 Wien
phone: +43-1-535 23 60
fax: +43-1-535 23 60–14
e-mail: [email protected]
150-152 Avenue Adolphe Buyl
1050 Bruxelles / Brussel
phone: +32 2 641 89 49,
+32 2 641 89 48, +32 2 641 89 47
e-mail: [email protected]
Rakovski 100
1000 Sofia
phone: +359-2-815 54 30
fax: +359-2-815 54 40
e-mail: [email protected]
Rytířská 31,
110 00 Praha 1
phone: +420 234 668 501
e-mail: [email protected]
18 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
phone: +1 53 73 00 22
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GERMANY – Berlin
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phone: +49-30-206 098 900
e-mail: [email protected]
GERMANY – Düsseldorf
Martin-Luther-Platz 28
40212 Düsseldorf
phone: +49 211 86 325 056,
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Prinzregentenstr. 7
805 38 München
phone: +49-89-21024932
fax: +49-89-21024933
e-mail: [email protected]
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1063 Budapest
phone: +36-1-462-5066
fax: +36-1-351 91 88
e-mail: [email protected]
Zeitlin Street 23
66164 Tel Aviv
phone: +972-3-691 1216
fax: +972-3-691 8286
e-mail: [email protected]
Via G. B. Morgagni 20
20129 Milano
phone: +39-02-294 112 42
fax: +39-02-294 111 88
e-mail: [email protected]
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Hviezdoslavovo nám 8, P.O. Box 348
814 99 Bratislava
phone: +421-2-544 182 15
fax: +421-2-544 182 15
e-mail: [email protected]
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150-0012 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku
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fax: +81-(0)3-3400-8129
e-mail: [email protected]
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Seogyo-dong 395-19
Mapo-gu, Soul
phone: +82 708 806 5689
e-mail: [email protected],
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Westersingel 9
3014 GM Rotterdam
phone: 0031-10-225 17 13
e-mail: [email protected]
Al. Róż 16
00-556 Warszawa
phone: +48-22-629 72 71
fax: +48-22-628 33 20
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Strada Ion Ghica 11, Sector 3
30045 Bucuresti
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RUSSIA – Moskva
Julia Fučika 12/14
123056 Moskva
phone: +7 (495) 276 07 22
e-mail: [email protected]
RUSSIA – Czech House
3. Tverskaya-Yamskaya 36/40
125047 Moskva
phone: +7-495-787 78 51,
+7-495-787 78 54
fax: +7-499-978 70 02
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Argo Publishing House
Argo Publishing House
was established in 1992
and has published more
than 1,500 titles since
its foundation.
Numerous series are offered
to Argo’s readers. AAA
(the Anglo-American authors
series), with more than 100
titles, and SSP (the contemporary world fiction series),
which presents the most
interesting authors of contemporary world literature,
are among the most appreciated ones; history series
are of importance, too.
Argo publishes works
by world personalities
awarded the Nobel, Booker,
and/or Pulitzer Prize,
and/or other important awards.
Umberto Eco, Cormac McCarthy, Orhan Pamuk, Woody Allen,
Robert Fulghum, Paulo Coleho, Dan Brown and others
are among Argo’s outstanding personalities.
The quality of Argo’s titles is best illustrated by numerous
Magnesia Littera awards (the most prestigious literary awards
in the Czech Republic), both for series, individual titles,
translations, and best new authors. ‘The most beautiful book
of the year’ and ‘The most beautiful book of the world’ competitions have also brought success to our titles.
The best Czech books
Driven from house and home
by a nuclear plant
Twelfth Magnesia Litera annual
book awards end in victory for novel
by established South Bohemian writer
Jiří Hájíček
The forty-six-year-old author from České Budějovice is
considered a chronicler of the present and recent past in the
provinces of South Bohemia. In his previous novel Rustic Baroque, too, he showcases his thorough knowledge of the area of
his origin and his understanding of outwardly gentle but inwardly
fateful drama. In Fish Blood we follow the lives of inhabitants of a
small village, part of which must be sacrificed to accommodate a
new reservoir built to serve a nuclear power station that is under
construction. The process begins under the communist regime,
although the book’s heroine continues her futile fight to save the
village after the instituting of democracy in 1989. The jury said of
this book: “Against the backdrop of a power station and villagers’
German poet Richard
Pietrass with his
translator Věra Koubová.
futile fight against it we witness the unfolding of dramatic interpersonal relations. These stories of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation are narrated in an uncomplicated style.” Although
Hájíček received an award of CZK 200,000 (c. EUR 8000), the
commercial implications of the event – which was broadcast live
on Czech Television, along with short profiles of all twenty-four
shortlisted books – are more lucrative still. Soon after the announcement Fish Blood established itself for several weeks
among the ten bestselling books on the Czech market.
The award for best work of prose went to Zuzana Brabcová’s novel Ceilings, a sophisticated composition which describes in brilliant language treatment of addiction to psycho­
pharmacological drugs. The book marks the author’s return to
Czech literature twelve years after the publication of the successful lesbian drama The Year of Pearls. The uninitiated reader
will be surprised by the way the narrative switches among the
first, second and third person, depending on the mental state of
the female protagonist. Winner in the books for children category
was Pavel Čech’s comics Pepík Střecha’s Great Adventure, a
fantastical tale of a love of books and a classic boys’ own adventure rolled into one. In the poetry category the award went to
Jiří Hájíček’s
novel Fish Blood
was declared
Book of the Year.
Jakub Řehák’s collection Trap on Brigita, not least for its long final poem in which the writer comes to terms with life in a Prague
that is at once wild and dirty and magnificent and enchanting. For
the first time cash prizes of CZK 30,000 (c. EUR 1150) were
awarded in two sub-categories: the ČEZ Litera for Non-fiction
went to historian Jiří Roman for his comprehensive biography of
Zdeněk Nejedlý, an important communist politician who was earlier a musicologist and art critic; first-time writer Jaroslav Žvaček
won his award for his eclectic tale of a screenwriter and documentary-maker in a metropolis populated by guest workers, grasping
producers, unjustly suffering philanthropists and mentally-sick loners. This novel – for which Žvaček won the DILIA Litera for Newcomer of the Year, is called Ticket to the Road from Hell.
As in previous years shortlists in seven categories were
drawn up by juries comprising members of the institutions and
organizations represented in the Litera citizens’ association: the
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Czech Centre
of the PEN Club, the Czech Section of IBBY, the Czech Literary
Translators’ Guild, the Czech Writers’ Guild, and the Association
of Czech Booksellers and Publishers. Winners were announced
at a gala evening at the New Stage of the National Theatre on
24 April, beginning at 9.00pm. The ceremony was hosted by actor and theatre director Jiří Havelka and TV presenter Daniela
Písařovicová. It was inspired by the slogan “All that a book has to
do for you to notice it” and enlivened by acrobatics from the Cirk
La Putyka theatre troupe. There was an unexpected guest: to the
surprise of translator Věra Koubová German poet Richard Pietrass presented the trophy for her win in the Best Translated Book
category; Koubová is the translator of Pietrass’s collection
Traumsaum. The Readers’ Prize was won by Kateřina Tučková
for the bestseller Žítková Goddesses.
The ceremony was
enlivened by
theatrical skits from
the Cirk La Putyka
For complete results go to page 20; for further details visit
Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Hůlová, Petra
Naklada Ljevak
Urban, MilošLord Mord / Lord Mord
Umělohmotný třípokoj / Plastic Three-bedroom Apartment
Založba SanjeSloveniaViewegh, Michal
Mafie v Praze / The Mafia in Prague
Non Lieu
Binar, Vladimír
Číňanova pěna / The Chinaman’s Foam
Baldini Castoldi Dalai editore
Hůlová, Petra
Umělohmotný třípokoj / Plastic Three-bedroom Apartment
Novotný, D. J.Sidra Noach / Sidra Noach
NaravaSloveniaSvěrák, Zdeněk
Povídky / Tales
Lengua de TrapoSpain
Chladnou zemí / Through the Bare Land
Topol, Jáchym
Czeskie Klimaty
Novák, Jan
Zatím dobrý / So Far, So Good
Czeskie Klimaty
Balabán, Jan
Zeptej se táty / Ask Dad
Fuks, LadislavSpalovač mrtvol / The Cremator
Kratochvil, Jiří
Makedonska rec
Čapek, KarelVálka s mloky / War with the Newts
Verlag Voland & Quist
GermanyRudiš, Jaroslav / Jaromír 99Alois Nebel / Alois Nebel
Wydawnictwo Literackie
PolandVarious Authors
Editorial ImpedimentaSpain
Dobrou noc, sladké sny / Good Night, Sweet Dreams
Nejen Hrabal (povídky) / Not Only Hrabal (short stories)
Kratochvil, JiříSlib / The Promise
Uitgeverij Voetnoot
BelgiumViewegh, Michal
Uitgeverij Voetnoot
BelgiumVaculík, Ludvík
dvě povídky (Povídky o lásce) / two tales (Tales about Love)
deset fejetonů (Jaro je tady, Poslední slovo) / ten essays
(Spring is Here, The Last Word)
Uitgeverij Voetnoot
Jesenská, Milena
devět povídek / nine tales
Uitgeverij Voetnoot
Hakl, Emil
Pravidla směšného chování / Rules of Peculiar Behaviour
Czech Republic
Fuks, Ladislav
Myši Natálie Mooshabrové / The Mice of Natalie Mooshabrová
Portobello Books
United Kingdom
Topol, Jáchym
Chladnou zemí / Through the Bare Land
Stichting Babička
Němcová, Božena
Babička / The Grandmother
AspektSwedenLegátová, Květa
Jozova Hanule / Joza’s Hanule
Wydawnictwo Czarne
…a bude hůř / …it gets worse
Pelc, Jan
Uitgeverij Ijzer
NetherlandsOuředník, Patrik
Příhodná chvíle, 1855 / The Opportune Moment, 1855
Wydawnictwo W. A. B.
Chladnou zemí / Through the Bare Land
Arbor vitae
Czech Republic
Editions La joie de lireSwitzerland
Topol, Jáchym
Merhaut, Luboš, ed.
Tajemné dálky / Mysterious Distances
Čechura, Rudolf
Maxipes Fík / Figs the Megadog
Hakl, Emil
Pravidla směšného chování / Rules of Peculiar Behaviour
Wydawnictwo Afera
Šabach, Petr
Máslem dolů / Butter-side Down
Wydawnictwo Afera
Hakl, Emil
Pravidla směšného chování / Rules of Peculiar Behaviour
Wydawnictwo Afera
Hůlová, Petra
Umělohmotný třípokoj / Plastic Three-bedroom Apartment
Pécsi Direkt
Hošková, Helga
Deník Helgy / Helga’s Diary
Park Publishing
Weil, Jiří
Na střeše je Mendelssohn / Mendelssohn is on the Roof
Twisted Spoon Press
Czech RepublicVančura, Vladislav
Panorama Plus
BulgariaAjvaz, MichalLucemburská zahrada / The Luxembourg Gardens
Palice duboveSlovenia
Klíma, Ladislav
Marketa Lazarová / Marketa Lazarová
Jak bude po smrti / What It Will Be Like After Death
Denemarková, RadkaA já pořád kdo to tluče / The Devil by the Nose
Hůlová, PetraStrážci občanského dobra / Guardians of the Civic Good
Binar, Vladimír
Číňanova pěna / The Chinaman’s Foam
Korporacja Ha!art
Šindelka, Marek
Chyba / The Mistake
Mono i ManjanaSerbiaViewegh, Michal
Případ nevěrné Kláry / The Case of Unfaithful Klara
Tyto albaLithuania
Jak jsem potkal ryby/Smrt krásných srnců / How I Came to
Pavel, Ota
The Open BooksSouth Korea
Know Fish/Death of the Beautiful Deer
Urban, MilošSedmikostelí / The Seven Churches
Pilátová, Markéta
Žluté oči vedou domů / Yellow Eyes Will Lead You Home
Zmeškal, Tomáš
Životopis černobílého jehněte / The Biography of the Black and White Lamb
Hrabal, BohumilObsluhoval jsem anglického krále / I Served the King of England
Al-Arabi Publishing
Hakl, EmilO rodičích a dětech / Of Kids and Parents
Al-Arabi Publishing
EgyptOuředník, Patrik
Europeana / Europeana
Editura AllfaRomaniaViewegh, MichalRomán pro ženy / A Woman’s Novel
Editura AllfaRomania
Alja Publishing House
Urban, MilošSedmikostelí / The Seven Churches
BulgariaSoukupová, Petra
Zmizet / To Disappear
N. I. NovikoffRussia
Fischl, ViktorVýběr z díla / Selected Works
MEO editions
Wernisch, Ivan
Al ShaarSyriaAjvaz, Michal
Al ShaarSyria
Hlava na stole / Head on the Table
Druhé město / The Other City
Kratochvil, JiříLehni, bestie! / Lie Down, Beast!
GlobusRussiaVopěnka, MartinSpící město / The Sleeping City
Brčko Distrikt
Bosnia and
Čapek, KarelSebrané hry / Collected Plays
Binar, Vladimír
Číňanova pěna / The Chinaman’s Foam
the Translation of Czech Literature Abroad
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
Arts and Libraries Department
Maltézské náměstí 1
118 11 Praha 1
The Principles
¹¹ The grant is designed exclusively for promoting the publication of translations of original Czech literature abroad;
¹¹ the grant covers poetry, prose, drama, essays, comics and children’s literature; it does not cover non-fiction, expert literature
or the publication of excerpts from or parts of translations;
¹¹ priority is given to the promotion of contemporary literature, i.e. literature published after 1989;
¹¹ there are no restrictions regarding the target languages;
¹¹ it is foreign publishers who file applications for the grant;
¹¹ it is also possible to apply for a grant for a title published in the last half of the previous year;
¹¹ unless the book is published within a year of the day when the grant is awarded, the right to the grant will expire
(for serious reasons documented in writing, this time limit may be extended);
¹¹ the final decision on the grant will be taken by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic on the basis of recommendations
by an expert committee of the Arts and Libraries Department consisting of representatives of the communities of writers,
publishers, literary scholars and literary critics;
¹¹ when the application is considered, the publisher’s consistent interest in contemporary Czech literature, the translator’s experience
and quality of the translated text will all be taken into account;
¹¹ the application must include the completed form and all the prescribed attachments;
¹¹ the application must be typed on a computer;
¹¹ the language of communication shall be English;
¹¹ the application for the next calendar year has to be submitted at the address below by 15 November;
¹¹ if the submitted application is incomplete, the applicant will be required to immediately provide the missing documents,
or the grant application will be excluded from the grant proceedings;
¹¹ the application may be delivered in either electronic or printed form;
¹¹ if there are any changes in the conditions and circumstances mentioned by the publisher in the grant application, the publisher shall
be obliged to immediately report such changes to the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
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¹¹ the grant shall be paid to the publisher by bank transfer following the publication of the book;
¹¹ the transfer will take place after six copies of the book have been sent along with the documentation (signed by the translator
of the book) proving that all of the publisher’s financial obligations towards the translator have been met.
Contact Address
Mgr. Radim Kopáč
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
Arts and Libraries Department
Maltézské náměstí 1
118 11 Prague 1
T: +420 257 085 221
E: [email protected]
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