Magdaléna Platzová (b. 1972) grew up in Prague, studied in Washington, DC, and England, and received her MA in Philosophy from Charles University in Prague. In her twenties she was an actress in a Franco-Czech theater group, and she currently works as an editor and cultural journalist for the Czech newspapers Literární noviny and Respekt. From 2009 to 2012 she lived in New York, where she taught a course on Franz Kafka at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Mother of three young children, she now lives in Lyon, France, where her husband works at the WHO Research Institute for Cancer. She has published two books of short stories, a novella, and two novels. Her 2006 novel Aaronův skok was published in Craig Cravens’s English translation by Bellevue Literary Press as Aaron’s Leap in 2014.