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Markéta Pilátová

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Born in Kroměříž in 1973, Markéta Pilátová is a writer, journalist, children’s book author, and translator whose books have been translated into 10 languages. She studied Latin, romance studies, and history at Palacký University’s Faculty of Arts in Olomouc, where she subsequently worked as a lecturer. She spends her time between the Czech Republic, Argentina, and Brazil, teaching Czech to the descendants of Czech emigrants in both South American countries. Pilátová published debut novel in 2007 was Žluté oči vedou domů (The Yellow Eyes Will Lead You Home, Trost, 2007), two years after which she published Má nejmilejší kniha (My Most Beloved Book, Trost), a magical tale set in Argentina and filled with drug lords, snake venom, slums, and jungles. Both books were nominated for the Magnesia Litera and the Josef Škvorecký Award. Five years later she wrote her third novel, Tsunami Blues (Trost). Pilátová has also written poetry, including Zatýkání větru (Capturing the Wind, Větrné mlýny, 2011), and children’s stories. She has received acclaim for her children’s books, including Jura a lama (Jura and Lama, LePress, 2012), about a boy who has two mothers. She writes for several Czech periodicals.

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