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21 Feb 2019 19:00

The Dark Side of Prague with writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora and editor Pavel Mandys

Prague, with its secret courtyards and magical atmosphere, is revealed in a multimedia walk through its mysterious streets with leading Czech writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora who wrap the beauty and history of the city into the noir genre and bring its shadiest corners to life. Extracts from the newly published Prague Noir anthology will be read by actors against a backdrop of the visual and musical Prague landscape to create an unmissable experience. Join the book's editor Pavel Mandys, writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora in a discussion of the noir genre.

Prague Noir is part of a popular book series published by Akashic Books dedicated to cities and noir. Prague, like New York and Amsterdam, now has a dedicated edition which not only introduces the noir genre in Czech literature but presents the crème de la crème of contemporary Czech writers in 14 stories.


21 FEBRUARY 2019, 7 PM
Czech Embassy Cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY

Tickets: £5 + booking fee


Markéta Pilátová (1973)
Markéta Pilatová is a writer, journalist, children's book author, translator and hispanist. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Her novels The Yellow Eyes Head Home (2007) and My Beloved Book (2009) were nominated for the top Czech literary awards Magnesia Litera and the Josef Škvorecký Award. She also writes for children, and her most acclaimed novels are The Fairy Vivivilla and theShadows of Animals (2009), and KikoandThe Secret of the Paper Butterfly (2010) which was nominated for the Magnesia Litera Award.

Michal Sýkora (1971)
Michal Sykora, an assistant professor at Prague’s Academy of Theatre, Film and Media Studies, focuses mainly on British detective stories and modern fiction. He has written a two-volume monograph on Vladimir Nabokov and two other works of literary scholarship, but is also an author of detective novels inspired by the British detective genre. Three of his books (The Case for an Exorcist, Blue Shadows and It’s Not Over Yet) have been adapted for the screen and shown to great acclaim on Czech TV.

Pavel Mandys (1972)
Pavel Mandys has worked as a literary and film editor for the Week magazine and is now editor of iLiteratura.cz.  He regurarly contributes to the Czech press  - Lidové novinyHospodářské noviny  and A2. Mandys co-founded and co-manages the Magnesia Litera Annual Book Award. He is the author of TheIdiot and his Return (together with Saša Gedeon, 1999), Prague, City of Literature (2012), 2x101 Books for Children and Young People (editor and co-author, 2013) and editor of Prague Noir (editor, 2016).

The discussion will be chaired by Julia Sutton-Mattocks, who is a final-year PhD candidate at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, where she is researching portrayals of medicine in interwar Czech and Russian literature and cinema. Julia has taught Russian-English translation at the University of Bristol and at Queen Mary, University of London She was the 2017 winner of the Susanna Roth Translation Award, and translates from both Czech and Russian into English. When not researching, writing or translating, Julia spends every spare moment singing in choirs. 



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21 Feb 2019 19:00


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