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Radka Denemarková´s pleasant visit

Radka Denemarková, one of the most prominent contemporary Czech writer, visited Beijing from 18 to 23 March. During her visit interesting program has been prepared for her. At first she took part in two panel discussions during the Bookworm International Literary Festival. Then, visited Chinese students of the Czech language at the Beijing University of Foreign Languages. And finally, very intensive discussion was held with the members of the Czech community during literary evenings held at the cinema hall of the Czech embassy and Czech pub. In general, there were many enthusiastic reactions on both the written and spoken discourse of the writer who is forcing us sometimes painfully, to think.

Radka Denemarková studied German and Czech at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, gaining her doctorate in 1997. She worked as a researcher at the Institute for Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and was dramatic advisor at the Na zábradlí theatre in Prague. She has been freelance since 2004. She is the author of Sám sobě nepřítelem / Being My Own Enemy (1998; a monograph about theatre and film director Evald Schorm), Ohlédnutí za Milenou Honzíkovou /Remembering Milena Honzíková (2003; in: Dopis zmizelému / Letter to the One Who Disappeared) and is the editor of the anthology Zlatá šedesátá / The Golden Sixties (2000). Her debut work of fiction A já pořád kdo to tluče / The Devil by the Nose was published in 2005, followed a year later by the novel Peníze od Hitlera / Money from Hitler (winner of the prestigious Magnesia Litera prize for the year’s best work of prose). The Polish edition of the latter work was nominated for the Angelus Prize (2009), while the German edition won the Usedom Prize for Literature (2011). For the monographic novel Smrt, nebudeš se báti aneb Příběh Petra Lébla / You Will not be Afraid of Death: The Story of Petr Lébl (2008) she won a Magnesia Litera for the year’s best work of non-fiction. In 2010 the Na zábradlí theatre produced her play Spací vady / Sleeping Deficiencies. For her rendering of Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller’s Atemschaukel (Cz. Rozhoupaný dech), Radka Denemarková won the 2011 Magnesia Litera for translation of the year. She received scholarships for stays in Wiesbaden (2007), Berlin (2008) and Graz (2010). She lives in Prague with daughter Ester and son Jan.

Her work has so far been published in 5 countries (Hungary, Poland, Germany, Canada - in English, and Slovenia), with the rights sold to Bulgaria and Italy too.


radka denemarkova in beijing 2013