Czech Literature Week -  Bianca Bellová

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Czech Literature Week - Bianca Bellová

Week of Czech Literature is presenting you our second guest Bianca Bellová!

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121 St Joseph St 121 Saint Joseph Street Muzzo Family Alumni Hall, 4th floor, room 404 Toronto, ON M5S 3C2 Canada

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She was born in Prague, graduated from the University of Economics. She has Bulgarian background. She works as translator and interpreter. Her first novel, Sentimental Novel, was published in 2009. The books The Dead Man (2011) and All Day Nothing Happens (2013) followed. She won the Magnesia Litera Book of the Year Award and the European Union Prize for Literature for her novel The lake (2016); the rights to its release were sold to twenty-three countries, including South Korea, Japan and Egypt. The author's fifth novel Mona was published in 2019 and a year later won the Czech Book Award. In 2021, she published the short stories Tyhle fragmenty. In the spring 2022, her last novel, The Island , was published by her home publishing house, Host. She has three children with her British husband, musician Thomas Bell.

Her North American tour, supported by the Czech Literary Center, is aimed to promote recently published English version of the award-winning book The Lake, translated from Czech by renowned translator Alex Zucker. This novel is set in the surroundings of an ominously drying lake in an undefined post-Soviet space, tells the archetypal story of a teenage boy struggling in a devastated world marked by occupation and ecological disaster. Critic Alena Slezáková called The Lake "one of the most remarkable books of recent years".

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