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Radka Denemarková

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Radka Denemarková (b. 1968) is a Czech writer, playwright, literary historian, essayist, and translator. Based in Prague, she has taught creative writing, and worked as dramaturg at the Theatre on the Balustrade. Author of four novels, one play, and two nonfiction books, her 2006 novel Peníze od Hitlera won the Magnesia Litera Award for Prose; it was published in Andrew Oakland’s English translation as Money from Hitler by Three O’Clock Press in 2009. Ein Herrlicher Flecken Erde, the 2009 German translation of Peníze od Hitlera, won the Usedom Prize for Literature and the Georg Dehio Prize. Denemarková’s Smrt, nebudeš se báti aneb Příběh Petra Lébla (2008; You Will Not Be Afraid of Death, or, The Story of Petr Lébl) was shortlisted for the Josef Škvorecký Prize and won the Magnesia Litera Award for Nonfiction, while Rozhoupaný dech, her 2010 Czech translation of Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller’s 2009 novel Atemschaukel, won the Magnesia Litera Award for Translation. Denemarková’s latest novel, Příspěvek k dějinám radosti (A Contribution to the History of Joy), appeared in October 2014. Her works have been translated into fifteen languages.

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