Material Fatigue

Two brothers, the younger one 13 years of age, the older about 20, are fleeing from an unnamed country (one can imagine though it is Syria) that is suffering from war. They lost their home and family. With the help of professional traffickers they will be smuggled into Europe. Immediately at the start of their… Continue reading Material Fatigue

Map of Anna

Can this book even be called a novel in the first place? It certainly skirts traditional notions about what constitutes a novel, as it’s comprised of ten short stories, each of which can be read and understood on its own. These stories are, however, connected by a clear thematic thread, leading to a situation where… Continue reading Map of Anna

Stay Tuned

A Magnesia Litera Award-winning collection of eight short stories and novellas by the young writer and Jiří Orten Award winner, Marek Šindelka. The loneliness of a couple, which doesn’t communicate but still speaks, emanates from the title novella named after the popular TV news catchphrase. An exquisitely written text about love, sex, disappointment and helplessness.… Continue reading Stay Tuned


The remarkable debut novel from Marek Šindelka, already the recipient of his country’s major literary awards for poetry (Jiří Orten Prize) and prose (Magnesia Litera), Aberrant is a multifaceted work that mixes and mashes together a variety of genres and styles to create a heady concoction of crime story, horror story (inspired by the Japanese… Continue reading Aberrant


Marek Šindelka made his debut with the collection Strychnin a jiné básně (Strychnine and Other Poems, Paseka, 2005), for which he was awarded the Jiří Orten Award. On iLiteratura, Richard Klíčník describes the book thus: “The poetic debut Strychnine and Other Poemsis a contemplative reflection on the thinking of the young. Šindelka attempts to thoroughly reflect upon… Continue reading Strychnine