Reading Michal Ajvaz

Context N°17 by Jonathan Bolton Imagine an indecipherable script that gradually overruns all the books in your library. Imagine a text that disappears as you read it, “like old frescoes in a catacomb, when the fresh air penetrates to them.” Read on! →

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Empty Streets

In a junkyard on the outskirts of Prague, a painter stumbles across a mysterious wooden object. As he begins to notice the object’s strange shape reproduced in various places around the city, he realizes that it holds the key to uncovering the truth about the recent disappearance of a young girl. His attempts to understand the meaning of the object bring him into contact with an array of characters, and the stories they tell him widen the vortex of uncertainty that the object has opened. Will the increasingly intricate web of clues eventually lead him to the truth? Empty Streets is both a thrilling fantasy and a philosophical meditation on the search for meaning in modern life. Read on! →

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Vol. XXIX , #3 Dalkey Archive Annual 3

  Editor’s Note From Siamese, by Stig Sæterbakken (Translated by Stokes Schwartz) From transcript, by Heimrad Bäcker (Translated by Patrick Greaney & Vincent Kling) From A Philosphy of Evil, by Lars Svendsen (Translated by Kerri A. Pierce) From The Sextine Read on! →

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The Other City

In this strange and lovely hymn to Prague, Michal Ajvaz repopulates the city of Kafka with ghosts, eccentrics, talking animals, and impossible statues, all lurking on the peripheries of a town so familiar to tourists… Read on! →

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The Golden Age

Heir to the philosophical-fantastical tradition of Borges, Calvino, and Perec, Michal Ajvaz’s The Golden Age is a fantastical travelogue in which a modern-day Gulliver writes about about an exotic civilization he encountered on an island in the… Read on! →

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Best European Fiction 2011

Best European Fiction 2011 is the second installment of an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur “Genius-Award” winner Aleksandar Hemon, with a preface by Irish novelist Colum McCann … Read on! →

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Context N°17

  • Reading Michal Ajvaz
  • Letter from France
  • Letter from Finland
  • Letter from Croatia
  • Interview with Jirí Grusa

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