A Kingdom of Souls

A Kingdom of Souls

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Daniela Hodrova shares her unique perception of Prague, through playful poetic prose, and by imaginatively blending historical and cultural motifs with autobiographical moments. A Kingdom of Souls is the first volume of this author's literary journey - an unusual quest for self, for one's place in life and in the world; a world that for Hodrova is embodied in Prague. Translated by Veronique Firkusny and Elena Sokol.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 137 x 209 x 27mm | 358.34g
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0956889050
  • 9780956889058
  • 1,039,719

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'This English translation took almost a quarter of a century to complete, but it was worth waiting for. The immersive poetic quality and complex polyphonic structure of the original have been painstakingly preserved.' - Andrei Rogatchevski, The Times Literary Supplement; 'A Kingdom of Souls is a dark and elusive novel, but it is also seductive. Hodrova's precise expression (in this fine translation) and unexpected perspectives make for an impressively disturbing, compelling text.' - M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review; '[...] the entire city of Prague and its genius loci is, in fact, the central character, not just in The City of Torment trilogy but in all of Hodrova's fiction. It is hoped that English speaking readers will soon get the chance to read the other two books in the remarkable trilogy" - Julia Sherwood, Visegrad Insight; 'This is an extraordinary book - erudite, moving and poetical.' - Zoe Brooks, magic-realism-books.co.uk; 'A Kingdom of Souls (1991, translated 2015 - significantly by two excellent female translators[...]), is a beautiful portrait of [Hodrova's] city - memories, histories, haunting images.' - Heather Reyes, Stories from the City; An excerpt from A Kingdom of Souls won the 1992 Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing; Daniela Hodrova won the 2012 Franz Kafka Prize and the 2011 Czech State Award for Literature.
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About Daniela Hodrová

Daniela Hodrova has pursued a dual career as a prominent writer of fiction and a prolific literary scholar. The recipient of the Czech State Prize for Literature in 2011 and the international Franz Kafka Prize in 2012, Hodrova is only the second woman to receive these awards. Her novels have been translated into French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch
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