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Petra Hůlová

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Petra Hůlová (b. 1979) has a master’s degree in Mongolian and Cultural Studies from Charles University in Prague. She lived in Mongolia in 2000–1, and in New York City in 2004–5. She has published eight novels. Her first novel, Paměť mojí babičce (2002), won the Magnesia Litera Award for Discovery of the Year. Alex Zucker’s English translation of it, All This Belongs to Me (Northwestern University Press, 1999), won the ALTA National Translation Award. Her fourth novel, Umělohmotný třípokoj (2006; Plastic Three-bedroom), won the Jiří Orten Prize (best work of prose or poetry by an author thirty or under); in 2007 it was adapted into a play titled Česká pornografie (Czech Pornography). Her fifth novel, Stanice Tajga (2008; Taiga Station), won the Josef Škvorecký Prize. Her works have been translated into nine languages. In June 2014, she and her partner opened the Zenit coffeehouse in Prague.

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