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Author of 8 novels, the venerable Czech novelist, poet, essayist and translator with a penchant for magical realism and sci-fi, is widely published in many languages. He won the prestigious Jaroslav Seifert Prize (2005) for his novel Empty Streets (Prázdné ulice) and the Magnesia Litera Book of the Year (2012) for The Luxembourg Gardens (Lucemburská zahrada). In 2020 Michal Ajvaz received the State Prize for Literature for his outstanding body of work.

FEATURED BOOK: Journey to the South. Tr. Andrew Oakland, Dalkey Archive Press, 2023. In a small village on the coast of Crete, the narrator meets a young man who tells him about his journey from Prague to the Libyan Sea to uncover the mysterious deaths of two brothers.

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