Svět knihy, Ltd. – we are a company of the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers. Our main activities include the holding of the international book fairs and literary festivals Book World Prague and Book World Pilsen.More
International book fair and literary festival – the biggest celebration of books in the Czech Republic. 4 days, 50 000 visitors, around 400 exhibitors, 800 guests, 650 accompanying programmes.
International book fair and literary festival – autumn book event held at the DEPO2015 venue since 2018, presenting book production from over sixty publishers. The region of Pilsen hosts dozens of Czech and foreign authors, presenting themselves in a two-day colourful showcase of genres and literary programmes.
#kulturazije – we are interested in everything concerning books. During the quarantine we wasted no time and introduced an array of Czech authors: interviews with them and the readings they performed are available online. Follow our YouTube channel.More
Since 2011, the Book World company organises the Jiří Theiner Award, presented to a person or institution who has significantly contributed to the dissemination and promotion of Czech literature abroad. This year’s winner is the scholar in Czech studies and translator of Czech authors into Polish Jan Stachowski.Read more
If I were to choose a single word, it would have to be obstinacy. Her books must be swallowed like bitter pills. She has infused the language of prose with lyrical imagery. She does not walk the treated path, she stomps to make the matter crack. Her literature is a world unto itself. Herta Müller’s books testify to a naked human being and terror, whose face is all-smiling and surrounded by jam jars, barbers, institutionalised meetings, suicides, blossoming gardens, derelict parks, and the omnipresent gulping of blood. Both in the literal and metaphorical sense. Her writing brushes against the subconscious. She prods the aching gum with a needle.Read more
Your latest book to have been published in Czech translation is Prague Nights (Zkrotit vlka), a detective story set in 1599 Prague. What is your relationship to Prague and why did you choose the city’s 16th century version as a setting for your book? I’ve been to Prague many times – as Kafka says, mother Prague has claws – and I’ve been captivated by this beautiful and still somewhat strange city again and again. A large part of my novel Kepler, loosely based on the life of the great astronomer Johannes Kepler, also takes place in Prague during the reign of emperor Rudolph II. Both the period and the place have turned into a source of fascination to me. I guess Prague Nights were somehow a part of my destiny….Read more