Radka Denemarková – a “new” Graz City Writer 2017/2018

Radka Denemarková is a new “Graz City Writer” (Austria) from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018.

There were of 61 applications from 29 countries in total. In the explanatory statement of the jury:

“The Prague writer Radka Denemarková not only convinces with her versatile work, ranging from novels, dramas, books, essays, dramaturgical and literary works to translations, but also the special quality of her writing, the themes she chooses and the form she finds, that make her an exceptional literary person in the whole European context.
On the one hand, she deals with problems of the individual in today’s society, on the other hand she tries to free the view of the past from blind spots, repressive mechanisms and tabooing. This results in a differentiated analysis of historical events, the effects of which are still felt today. From this comprehensive perspective, any seemingly national history becomes an all-European affair that affects all of us.”

Among the authors who were selected by the jury were also Liliana Corobca (Romania) and Erica Zingano (Brazil).

The scholarship will be “handed over” by the Iraquian-German writer Najem Walli, in the frame of the reading ob both authors in September 2017, in Literaturhaus Graz, Elisabethstraße 30, 8010 Graz.

Library of Radka Denemarková, the “swallow”

PRAGUE. Městská knihovna Praha, Wednesday 25th January 2017, 7 p.m.

Talking about books-friends living on the wooden shelves of the library, in the vicinity of which Radka Denemarková lives and works, and about a wonder by which the writing has chosen Radka, and not the opposite. The third part of the cycle Libraries Known And Unknown – Films That You Won’t See On TV. Czech Republic 2016, 60 minutes. The discussion with Radka Denemarková, Petr Kotyk and Bedřich Ludvík will be moderated by Vladimír Hendrich. Invitation »

Libraries Known And Unknown – Films That You Won’t See On TV. Petr Kotyk archivist and director Bedřich Ludvík shooting libraries of interesting personalities. Film projection with an introductory lecture and a discussion.


PRAGUE. Presidential Lounge of the Rudolfinum, 18th December 2016, at 10 a.m.

WALD Press publisher was founded in 1995 in the honour of František Wald (1861-1930), professor of theoretical chemistry and metallurgy, and Dean of  the Czech Technical University. By now it has already become a yearly pre-Christmas tradition for WALD Press to confer the WALD Press AWARD to a special person demonstrating exceptional selflessness in helping those in need.

This years’ Commemorative Plaque goes to author, literary historian, script writer, translator and script editor RADKA DENEMARKOVÁ, whose novels bring the word humanism back into our lives by uncompromisingly addressing unpleasant social and socio-historical themes on an exceptionally high literary level.  The author’s work not only explores new possibilities for the literary form of the novel itself, it also boldly breaks taboos by dealing with themes concerning society’s especially weak and vulnerable.

The motto in the heading of the Commemorative Plaque states:  “All my life I’ve stood by the side of the weaker.”  These very words were expressed by František Wald himself when looking back and taking written stock of his life. Only the strongest among us can consistently stand with the needy, and this years’ WALD Press AWARD recipient, the strongest among the strong, is absolutely deserving of our heartfelt and grateful thanks.

The newest foreign editions…

Peníze od Hitlera (Money from Hitler)
Spanish edition:
 El dinero de Hitler. Translated by Elena Buixaderas. Galaxia Gutenberg, Barcelona 2015.
Rights sold to: Sweden, Macedonia, France, China, and Serbia.

Příspěvek k dějinám radosti (A Contribution to the History of Joy)
Slovenian edition:
 Prispevek k zgodovini radosti. Translated by Tatjana Jamnik. KUD Police Dubove, Vnanje Gorice 2015.
Polish edition: Przyczynek do historii radości. Translated by Olga Czernikow. Amaltea, Wrocław 2017.

Kobold (Kobold)
Rights sold to: Poland

A list of all foreign editions: http://denemarkova.cz/en/about/

“Book World” fair in Prague

PRAGUE, “Book World” Fair – Saturday, 16th May 2015 from 1 to 1.50 p.m.

Radka Denemarková: A Contribution to the History of Joy
How much violence and war we still have to experience, before a human being finally becomes humane? Triple winner of the Magnesia Litera awards, and one of the most translated contemporary Czech authors will present her latest novel. The event will be moderated by Dana Pfeiferová.

Chamber Hall – Right Wing (balcony left) • Book World Prague 2015

Author’s reading and discussion in Paris, France

PARIS, Centre Malesherbes, salle 119 bis Université Paris-Sorbonne 108 bd Malesherbes, Paris 17e; Métro Malesherbes – Thursday 19th March 2015 at 6 p.m.

Radka Denemarková: Příspěvek k dějinám radosti (A Contribution to a History of Joy)
Author’s reading and discussion.
Moderated and interpreted by Jean Boutan, a fragment of a novel translated by Jean-Gaspard Páleníček
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Broadcast on Radio Vltava (Telefonotéka)

CZECH RADIO VLTAVA. Telefonotéka, 23. 3. 2015 at 9:30.

On Monday, 23rd March 2015, Radka Denemarková will be a guest of TELEFONOTÉKA on the Czech Radio Vltava station (live broadcast from 9:30 to 11:20).
Telephone connection to the studio: +420 221 553 223. Questions can be sent to an e-mail address: reflektor@rozhlas.cz.
More information about Telefonotéka here. See the list of guests in the near future.

Listen to the broadcast.

26th programme from the “Evenings of the European Literature” cycle

PRAGUE, Památník národního písemnictví, Pelléova 20, Praha 6 – Bubeneč, 17. 3. 2015 at 7 p.m.

The evening will be devoted to the literature of this time, which draws on themes from history.
The invitation was accepted by a writer and translator Radka Denemarková, a writer Jiří Šulc and a writer, journalist and translator Marek Toman.
Historical novel – an escape into a world of fairy tales, past or inspiration journey into the darkest corners of our souls? Discussions with the three writers for whom the past is still an issue.
The debate will be moderated by David Vaughan.
Admission is free.

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Discussions Across the Border – with Jörg Plath and Radka Denemarková

PRAGUE, Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Praha 1 – Monday 16th March 2015, 7 p.m.

The guests of the evening are Jörg Plath, literary critic (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Deutschlandradio Kultur), who for many years has been writing on Czech literature, and  Radka Denemarková, writer and translator.Hosted by Zuzana Jürgens who prepared the discussion series in collaboration with Václav Havel Library.
Last night of the three-part discussion series continues to talk about the neighborhood of Czech and German relations, initiated by Václav Havel in 1995. In many controversial subjects had managed to find a solution, or at least establish a dialogue, ran a series of Czech and German activities. Still, especially in the Czech Republic, awareness of events in Germany and how we perceive the Germans, is vague – not only because of the language barrier, but also due to the nature of contemporary Czech media scene. The talks aim to contribute at least partially to fill these gaps.
Evening is held in conjunction with Artifact Kulturmanagement with the support of Czech-German Fund for the Future.

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