Public readings with the Czech writer Jachym Topol
06.02.2013 / 11:47
Author Jachym Topol and translator Pierre Pe'er Friedmann will present the novels Gargling with Tar | לגרגר זפת | Kloktat dehet and The Devil's Workshop | בארץ קרה | Chladnou zemí
Jáchym Topol is one of the most important, intriguing and original voices in the post-1989 era in Czech literature. The son of playwright Josef Topol and grandson of author Karel Schultz, Jáchym Topol became a notable representative of the Czech cultural underground before the Velvet Revolution. He published his first poems as samizdat, and wrote lyrics for the underground band Psí vojáci, led by his brother Filip. He founded the samizdat magazine Violit, which turned into the important Revolver Revue. Topol served as the chief editor of the Revolver Revue, and for years was on the staff of the Respekt weekly and of the Lidové Noviny newspaper. As a journalist, he often wrote about social affairs, minorities and outsiders – subjects that he often deals with in his prose. His début novel, "Sister, City, Silver" (Sestra) was published in 1994 to great critical acclaim and found a big audience. Since then he has published more novels, short stories, plays, and a collection of American-Indian stories. In recent years he has been the programme director of the Václav Havel Library. He received the Tom Stoppard award in 1988. For his most recent novel, "The Devil's Workshop" (Chladnou zemí), he won the Jaroslav Seifert Award in 2010 and in 2013 became one of six recipients of the English PEN Awards for Writing in Translation. He lives in Prague.
Pierre Pe'er Friedmann Pierre Pe'er Friedmann studied literature at the Tel Aviv University and at the Institute of Czech Studies at Charles University in Prague. He researches 20th century Czech literature, concentrating on the works of Karel Čapek. For a decade he was a regular literary critic for Israeli newspaper Maariv, and in recent years he has been contributing articles and essays on Czech literature to the literary supplement of Haaretz. His translation of Jáchym Topol's novel "Gargling with Tar" (Kloktat dehet) will be published in February by the Achuzat Bayit publishing house. He has translated Topol's most recent novel, "The Devil's Workshop", and Karel Čapek's essays on language, "The Critic of Words" (Kritika Slov). He lives in Prague.
"Gargling with Tar", published in Hebrew by Achuzat Bayit books, will be purchased at the readings.
Monday 11.2.2013, 20:00, Tolaat Sfarim, 9 Kikar Rabin, Tel Aviv
Tuesday 12.2.2013, 19:30, HaHalalit Gallery, 70 Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv
Thursday 14.2.2013, 11:00, the Literary Cafe at the Jerusalem International Book Fair, Binyenei HaUma, Jerusalem