Hodrová was born in Prague on 5 July 1946. She did postgraduate studies in French and comparative literature. In 1972–75, she worked as an editor of Slavonic literature in the Odeon publishing house. Since 1975, she worked at the Institute of Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences (prior to 1993 known as the Institute of Czech and World Literature of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences), where she is now a Senior Researcher.
Her novels typically incorporate topics from her work as a literary scholar, "especially the classification of novels into roman-realité and the roman-invention, or the pioneering theory about the meaning and forms of the initiation storyline in a work of literature." She is perhaps best known for a trilogy called Trýznivé město (Prague: City of Torment), they are distinctive "Prague novels, which aim to convey emblematically the genius loci of this central European city, of whose history Hodrová highlights the tragic features."
Two of her works have been translated into English, Prague, I see a city..., in 2011, translated by David Short and A Kingdom of Souls, in 2015, translated by Véronique Firkusny and Elena Sokol, both published by Jantar Publishing.
Awards and honors
- "Franz Kafka Prize goes to Czech writer Daniela Hodrová". literalab. May 25, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Daniela HODROVÁ". Czech Literature Portal. Archived from the original on February 10, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
- "Prague, I see a city...". Jantar, 2011. ISBN 978-0956889010. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- "A Kingdom of Souls". Jantar, 2015. ISBN 978-0-9568890-5-8. Retrieved May 15, 2015.