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The Times of Paradise

1.10.2015

This time the author of successful books on historical themes takes the reader to the wild rocks of the area known as the Bohemian Paradise in the 1930s and the years of the Occupation, creating a work of fiction from the true story of the legendary climber Joska Smítka.

In his new book Josef Urban tells a story of strength and the price of friendship, weakness, predestination and honour, longing, dangerous climbs on sandstone rock faces, and the winding road to freedom....

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Stories from the Films

21.9.2015

A retelling in prose of the screenplays for the films Kolya, The Elementary School and Empties, plus Barefoot across the Field, a memoir of the author’s childhood which has yet to be filmed. The film Kolya was a great success at home and abroad. In the Czech Republic it was seen by 1,346,669 cinema-goers (making it the most popular Czech film of all time); it won six Český lev [Czech Lion] awards, including for Best Film. Abroad, it won an Oscar (so far the only Czech film to do so) and a...

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Keeping Silent

9.9.2015

Jiří Březina impressed readers and critics alike with his debut Na kopci/ On the Hill, for which he won the prestigious Jiří Marek Prize for the best Czech crime novel of 2013.  In his new thriller Promlučení/ Keeping Silent he touches on the sensitive issue of the expulsion of the German population from the Czech borderlands at the end of the Second World War.

Tomáš Volf is a self-confident metalhead with a mane of hair reaching halfway down his back; he’s also an outsider and...

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The Island of the Grey Monks

7.9.2015

The fourth crime thriller by a two-time winner of the Jiří Marek Prize. Eleven years have passed since the murder of a young woman in strange circumstances in the dunes of the remote Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog, whose deserted sandy beaches are beaten by the north wind; still her killer has not been found. TV reporter Johan Rutten decides to feature the case in the first of a series of documentaries on unsolved murders – but shortly after he arrives on the island, Rutten, too, is...

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The Villa on Sadová Street

1.9.2015

Every old house has its secrets . . .

1941

Reinhard Heydrich assumes the post of Deputy Reich-Protector, and Johann Proske – a senior civil servant nearing his sixties who works in the office of the mayor of Ostrava – begins to write his diary in the comfort of a luxury villa on Sadová Street.

Although this bureaucrat appears timid, he is in fact playing a game of duplicity: he is hiding the original owner of the villa, his whole family and a valuable...

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It’s Raining Sea

1.9.2015

A psychological drama about pain, fear, unconditional love, questions and the answers we’re all looking for in life.

Hanka’s world is shaken for the first time by the unexpected divorce of her parents and the court’s ruling of joint custody. Her father’s new family includes Aleš, the son of Hanka’s father’s new wife, whom she’s supposed to look upon as a brother. The thing is, she falls in love with him – which is bad news, because he sees her above all as a sister. But this is...

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A Vote for a Killer

31.8.2015

For almost sixty years the death of the author’s mother remained shrouded in mystery.

In 1953 the sudden death of twenty-two-year-old Marie, allegedly as a result of town-gas poisoning, caused quite a stir. She left behind three children, the middle of whom, Anna, was unceasing in her attempts to discover what actually happened. Anna’s story charts life in totalitarian Czechoslovakia from 1948 to the opening of the State Security Police archives in 2008, when finally she learned...

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It Serves Me Right

5.5.2015

Boris, a self-centred painter with little consideration for others, divorces his wife and leaves the home they share for the flat of his friend Viktor. This radical change forces him to reassess and take stock of his life. Slowly Boris comes to realize all his failures, and he makes somewhat clumsy attempts to correct his mistakes. As he seeks a way back to his grown-up son, the past comes back at him like a boomerang. And at this very moment he crosses paths with sixteen-year-old Erika. more...

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Barefoot across the field

5.5.2015

"This is neither a chronicle of my childhood nor of myfamily. I wanted it to be a work of fiction. The authors of such literature notonly remember what they saw or heard but also make things up and fantasise, sothat their stories are worth reading. In this book I am telling the story of alittle boy, moved from a big city to the country and how it affected his soul.It is both me and not me. The book is a mosaic in which some stones are realand some are just fake. However, you should not be...

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Dragon Eyes - Witch

4.5.2015

Learning how to dance, sew and be pretty? It's of no interest to Princess Elena. She wants to fight alongside her brothers and experience great adventures. Before she knows it, her dream starts to become reality. Her fateful meeting with a red dragon Ashrack changes the little princess´s life. She must leave her home and go to the elves in a magical forest, where her principle task is to learn to control and hide the magic that runs in her veins. But this is not a normal school for young...

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Initiation Island

1.5.2015

Initiation Island is the first book of the nine-book Seventh Sense saga. A thrilling, mysterious read that blends reality with fantasy. These adventures of three children attending a magical school were originally posted by the author on the internet, but received such a tremendous response from readers that it was soon published as a book.

Acclaim from readers:

“I read through these books in one go. Even my mom, who’s 66 years old, loved the book. She told me: I...

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Confession: From the Orphanage to the Catwalk

2.2.2015

Today it would be difficult to guess what type of life Veronika lived. This young woman has written her book out of the desire to make the world a better place, hoping to make even a few children happier. Growing up with a drug-addicted mother, she was eventually sent to live in an orphanage. Can you imagine what it must have been like—to be constantly surrounded by other children, waiting and wondering if your mother or father will come back for you, wondering if there is anyone that really...

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The call of the Siren

9.1.2015

The call of the Siren - The Curse

CAN THETRUE LOVE OVERCOME CENTURIES, DEADLY HATRET AND ANCIENT CURSE? Larissa isa siren. For hundreds of years the sea has been ordering her to kill men. Andshe does so. However she is longing for escape from this witched circle. She isdetermined to do anything for that. Thanks to her beauty she makes black wizardLiam make in love with her. He offers her a deal: if she marries him he willhelp her cut her ties with the merciless sea. Larissa...

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Hunting in the Bush

15.12.2014

There’s nothing more beautiful than when an elephant, touched by your affection, lowers its trunk; and there is nothing more ridiculous than when a zaftig white woman falls madly in love in Africa… Here even the hunter can become the prey. New stories about love and passion from the hilarious Halina Pawlowská.

Frank was good-looking, and because he was good-looking my voice went up several octaves and I acted like a fragile little girl– then I broke my leg and got attacked by a...

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Pralines

1.12.2014

Is there a place in our lives for “real men” or have we accidentally eliminated it? Barbara Nesvadbová’s feuilletons and stories of passion, love, disappointment, infidelity, disillusionment, enmity, friendship, and jealousy.

Barbara Nesvadbová, 115 x 185 mm, 192 pp. Original title: Pralinky, Motto 2014

BESTSELLER

BARBARA NESVADBOVÁ (1975) was born into a family of psychiatrists. Her mother, Libuše, works with immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her famous...

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The Velvet Cake Revolution

17.11.2014

In the new era, former coalminer Josef has the rug pulled out from under him as he tries to start a business in the fierce post-revolutionary market. Josef’s specific manner of speech, along with his blunt perspective on society and the world, lend the story a tragicomic air. His discussions with other barflies, as they discuss business opportunities, are an irresistible mix of vulgarity and naiveté. The language of the protagonist, specifically his Ostrava accent, plays a major role in this...

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New Short Stories

16.11.2014

“I asked myself what exactly is it that I do when I write a short story?  It is as if I found a stone and created a cherry around it. Or a plum. Depends on what I can find. The heart of every story is something I found lying on the street. It could have been an exciting experience someone told me about, it could have been a sentence I overheard in a restaurant. My job is to come up with what preceded and followed. I am trying to find the right words and return the pulp and juice to a long...

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Into Darkness

6.10.2014

The memoir of a soldier, who speaks openly and without embellishment of his career: entering the army, his training, his six-month deployment in Afghanistan, his return home. Readers looking for the story of a superhero will instead find one of a man, who went from being an enthusiastic boy to a mature veteran. A true character, Pavel Stehlík undertakes his own personal and professional odyssey, dodging traps and facing death in a variety of forms until he finds himself. It’s hard not to...

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Mythmaker

5.8.2014

A story of addiction, passion, and defeat

The modern tale of a man trapped in his own lies to the two women he loves. The main heroine, spontaneous reporter Karla, falls head over heels for aging rake Mára. Paralyzed by her passion, she refuses to see that he is having a similar affair with Dana, a pragmatic lawyer.

Mára is a Mythmaker, the type of man who lives for his pride, not his responsibilities. He cultivates his masculinity, but neglects everything and...

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On the Hill

5.8.2014

In this unorthodox detective story the mystery arises not from a dead body, but a battered soul.

On a hill above a small mountain village called Výtoň, an angel appears to nine-year-old Marie: the wind howls, the whole house shakes under the gusts. It all happens in an instant, but also for an eternity…

Twelve years later, Milan, a journalism student, sets out for the place that has now become a pilgrimage site. He’s there to investigate the story and interview...

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Letters to Kafka

4.8.2014

A novel based on the figure of journalist, author, and translator Milena Jesenská: Kafka’s great love. The book’s format, a collection of fictitious letters from Milena Jesenská to Franz Kafka, is written as a response to Kafka’s famous Letters to Milena.

“Jesenská was a real character: she used drugs, stole, loved beautiful dresses and interesting men, and was not a very good mother,” says Obermannová of the reporter. “Jesenská was one of the first to recognize that Kafka was a...

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The Lonely House

4.8.2014

A mystery taking place in the romantic yet grim setting of an old mill and riding stable.

The body of a young woman is found in the forest behind a remote village. Two similar murders occurred in Prague recently, so it is no wonder that the sleepy little village has begun to panic. Has a serial killer from the capital moved to town?

After Nela breaks up with her boyfriend Martin, the designer stays in the old mill she wanted to reconstruct with him. Nela cannot stop...

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The Story Thief

3.8.2014

TV producer Anna Valentová is a controversial figure – people love her or hate her. Anna wants to be the best, but her hard-earned reputation is crumbling before her eyes: her daughter is missing and someone is blackmailing Anna after discovering that she has been firing writers once she has stolen their story ideas. When Anna is found with a pitchfork in her back at a company retreat, charismatic inspector Bergman must explore her relationships and affairs to solve the murder.

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The Steps of a Murderer

1.8.2014

A young woman was strangled in a Prague park last night. Reporter Julie Kellerová appears to be the last one who spoke to the victim. Not only that, the victim bears a striking resemblance to Julie’s daughter, Klára. Is it a coincidence or did the murderer mistake her for someone else? It is up to charming inspector Josef Bergman to solve the puzzle and reveal the secrets of the past.

Jiří Marek Award

MICHAELA KLEVISOVÁ (1976) studied Journalism at Charles University,...

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The Erilian

4.5.2014

“Erilian... an old city bulit from brick, stone, and magic. Three generations, three witches, three stories.”

This series, full of magic, intrigue and adventure, spans three generations. In the mysterious city of Erilian, witchcraft is second nature. What else would you expect in a city inhabited only by witches and wizards? The reader is guided through each book by a different narrator, who is always the daughter of the preceding book’s heroine, so that the books come together...

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Girlfriend

3.4.2014

Girlfriend is a collection of two novellas, whose heroines attempt to cope with the loss of independence that accompanies every romantic relationship. In the first novella Karla, now divorced, has started dating Martin, who wants to start a new family with her. But Karla already has one daughter and she is not sure she wants to be a mother again, but she doesn’t want to lose her boyfriend either. Through it all she is trying to help fix her friend Jana’s marriage in England. In the second...

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The Montmartre Cat

1.9.2013

Veronika longs for adventure, and wants to experience something that happens once in a lifetime. In front of his girlfriend, Adam is embarrassed about his mother who loves animals more than people. Else has always wanted to have children, but her husband is against it. Sebastien once dreamed that he would be a famous musician and change the world, but instead he works as a nightguard and feels hopeless. The connection between these disparate characters, whom you may even recognize from your...

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Short Stories

6.4.2013

This collection of humorous and playful short stories will make you laugh and cry at the same time. Zdeněk Svěrák with his gentle and intelligent humour will be your ideal companion. You will be able to identify easily with the heroes of Svěrák´s short stories because his inspiration is life itself and the situations his heroes have to go through are essentially common. This set of short stories is undoubtedly one of the hidden gems of every library. 112 pages.

Published in 2008,...

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Waiting for the Cat

5.4.2013

Alice sets out on a winding journey to meet her daughter; Delfina no longer wants to be single; moving to the city has been hard for Théo; little David must come to terms with his parents’ divorce… but they all have one thing in common: their affection for cats. Fourteen sensitive tales about the relationships of people who are “catty” in a very different way. They will touch your heart and put a smile on your face.

Michaela Klevisová, 115 x 185 mm, hard cover, 192 pp. Original...

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Desperate Women Take Desperate Measures

4.4.2013

This story of a woman’s yearning for love, an equal partner, and a happy family is told with intelligent humor and remorseless self-deprecation. The heroine, originally a shop assistant, studies for a psychology degree in order to be seen as an equal to her architect husband. He, however, leaves her since he feels neglected during her studies and decides he wants a simple life with an uncomplicated wife. Any attempt our heroine makes to find new love results in a fiasco.

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Big Woman of the East

4.4.2013

A darkly comedic story about a young woman who is deciding not only between three fateful men, but also her career in an international firm, a mountain meadow, and her desire to be the most beautiful of all.

Bestseller, 20 000 cps sold in 6 months

Halina Pawlowská, 115 x 185 mm, 184 pp, hard cover. Original title: Velká žena z Východu. Motto

Halina Pawlovská (1955) is a famous author and screenwriter. She was born to a Ukrainian poet and a Czech teacher,...

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Thanks For Every New Morning

4.4.2013

Thisbittersweet novel tells the story of the Hakunděk family, who moves toCzechoslovakia from Transcarpathian Ukraine. The plot unfolds over the twentyyears following the Soviet occupation, during the time of “Normalization.” Theprotagonist is Olga, who experiences her first love and disappointment, anddreams of studying screenwriting despite her questionable background—to getpast the communist gatekeepers and into film school she will need an iron willand 104 signatures attesting that “her...

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Weird Hair

3.4.2013

A loose sequel to the story of Xénie and her two daughters, Kristýna and Justýna, as they adjust to their new situation, having been abandoned by their husband and father. Xénie searches for a new partner, while her daughters look for a new father using the most unorthodox of methods. It is no surprise that hilarious situations ensue.

The book was later turned into a film starring Aňa Geislerová, which went on to win the award for best comedy at the Novoměstský Film Festival. more...

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A Diary of a Mad Wife

3.4.2013

Xénie discovers that her marriage, which she always thought was wonderful, has serious fissures and is in danger or crumbling apart completely—something she had overlooked in her everyday routine. The author has admitted that this book is autobiographical to a certain degree and she wrote it during the hardest time of her life. Despite this, the fresh, hilarious, page-turner never indulges in self-pity. The author pokes fun at everything and everyone, including herself; however, underneath...

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Bestiary

3.4.2013

Young journalist Karla deals with romantic troubles and other ‘man-made’ problems—some funny, some serious and some both. When these problems collide into her, she deftly solves them in her unique style, leaving the men in her life perplexed and amazed. Because as our heroine says, ‘A bitch isn’t born, she’ made.’

144 pp, 115 x 185 mm

BARBARA NESVADBOVÁ (1975) was born into a family of psychiatrists. Her mother, Libuše, works with immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her...

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Albatross

3.4.2013

The story of a courageous soldier and jockey who led the resistance during World War II. In the strange days after the war when bravery, character and discipline began to suddenly seem unnecessary, and even threatening to those who never proved themselves, Major Horský leaves his troops and the surrounding atmosphere of intrigue and fear. Returning to his childhood home, he reunites with the love of his life, Márie, and recalls Albatross, his wild horse, and the decisive moments from his...

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The Bad Place

3.4.2013

The storyof a young couple that tries in vain to get rid of the disturbing noises comingfrom the shop and storeroom below their apartment. The dark humor and somewhatbizarre motifs recall the grotesque world of Kafka. Lush and multi-layeredlanguage, as well as psychological depth, distinguishes this remarkable novel.

Vladimír Mikeš, 125 x 195 mm, 288 pp, hard cover. Original title: Škodlivý prostor. Plus

Nominated for Josef Škvorecký Award

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Valley of the Bees

3.4.2013

This medieval story begins in Vlkov where a lord celebrates his second wedding. The hero of our story, his son Ondřej, ruins the wedding and the family’s idyll with his behavior. Banished by his father to the cold Prussian north, he swears an eternal oath to an order of German knights. There he lives an isolated and ascetic life full of hunger and senseless violence in the name of Christ. Among the cold stones of the order’s castle his only friend is Armin von der Heide. As the son of a...

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A New Day’s Dawn

2.4.2013

This continuation of the book The End of Old Times describes with appropriate sarcasm the time when morning breaks after the intoxicating night of revolution, with its accompanying hangover.

Jaroslav Žák, 130 x 200, 280 pp, hardcover. Original title: Na úsvitě nové doby


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The End of Old Times

2.4.2013

The author precisely captures the atrocious freak show of the Bolshevik putsch, the horrific yet ridiculous carnival, the absurd swarms that accompanied the revolution. Nevertheless, he doesn’t shy away from elegant jokes and humor. An entertaining and terrifying social grotesque that belongs to the ranks of the most fascinating examples of the genre – Hašek’s Good Soldier Švejk and Škvorecký’s Cowards.

Jaroslav Žák, 130 x 200, 256 pp, hardcover. Original title: Konec starých...

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I'm Writing with the Notebook Resting on My Knees

1.4.2013

"The Czech Anne Frank". From 1940 - 1946 Hana Bořkovcová, who would later become a renowed author, kept a comprehensive diary of the time - starting with the first anti-Jewish measures under Nazi occupation, up through her time in the camps, the liberation, and the return to "ordinary" post-war life. It's deeply moving to follow a naïve girl's transformation into a scarred woman who lost her father, brother, health and hope in the concentration camps.

author: Hana Bořkovcová, 130...

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Habermann

12.7.2012

WAR IS LIKE A BAPTISM AND AN EXECUTION.

Life in the Sudetenland was never idyllic. The firm friendship of Czech forester Jan Březina and German miller August Habermann is squeezed between the millstones of the Nazi Occupation. The time urges the people of the Czech-German borderlands to choose one side over the other; only those of strong character are able to stay above the fray. One such person is wealthy mill owner August Habermann, who employs Czechs and Germans without...

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Our books
07.10. | 2015
Little Mole's Herbarium White petals and a yellow centre – this is how a lot of flowers blooming in fields, on meadows or along roads look like. But which one of them is a camomile and which one is a daisy? Can you tell them apart? And do you know how a plantain looks like? Let’s discover and learn the beauties of meado...
06.10. | 2015
Christmas around the World Little Simon found a magical ball under his Christmas tree. The ball can take him wherever he wishes to see how Christmas is celebrated all around the world. In every picture you can find not only him, but also his brother Daniel, their dog and the magical ball itself. So open up the book, put yo...
05.10. | 2015
Tiger & Friends Take a journey with us and see animals from four continents. Rudolf Lukeš’s pop-up books have been re-issued in our Golden Vintage series. Having first delighted children in many countries in the 1960s, they are no less attractive to children today. The animal friends peeping out at us from these...

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