Michal Ajvaz

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Michal Ajvaz (born October 30, 1949 in Prague) is a Czech novelist, poet and translator, an exponent of the literary style known as magic realism.

Biography[edit]

Born into a family of Russian exiles, Ajvaz studied Czech studies and aesthetics at Charles University in Prague. He currently works as a researcher at Prague's Centre for Theoretical Studies and, in addition to fiction, has published an essay on Derrida and a book-length meditation on Borges. His novel Prázdné ulice was awarded the Jaroslav Seifert Prize for literary achievement (2005), the most prestigious literary award in the Czech Republic.

Bibliography[edit]

This incomplete list gives the titles of Ajvaz's works.

  • 1989 – Vražda v hotelu Intercontinental (Murder in the Intercontinental Hotel)
  • 1991 - Návrat starého varana (Return of the Old Komodo Dragon)
  • 1993 – Druhé město (The Other City)
  • 1994 - Znak a bytí
  • 1997 - Tyrkysový orel (Turquoise Eagle)
  • 1997 - Tajemství knihy
  • 2001 – Zlatý věk (Golden Age)
  • 2003 - Světelný prales
  • 2003 - Sny gramatik, záře písmen. Setkání s Jorgem Luisem Borgesem
  • 2004 – Prázdné ulice (Empty Streets)
  • 2006 - Příběh znaků a prázdna
  • 2006 – Padesát pět měst (55 Cities)
  • 2007 – L´autre île (French translation of Zlatý věk)
  • 2008 - "Cesta na jih" (Voyage to the South)
  • 2009 – The Other City (English translation)
  • 2010 - The Golden Age (English translation)

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