Michal Ajvaz

Michal Ajvaz born 1949
novelist, poet, essayist and translator 
author of 8 works of fiction

his works have been published in 15 languages: English, French, Japanese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian and Arabic, translation is pending also into Macedonian and Turkish

Jaroslav Seifert Prize (2005) for his novel Empty Streets / Prázdné ulice; his latest novel The Luxembourgh Gardens / Lucemburská zahrada awarded with the main prize Magnesia Litera - Book of the Year (2012)

the English translation of the novel The Other City / Druhé město: Amazon.com Editor's Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Book of 2009, selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Time Out New York, selected as one of the best books of 2009 by Locus Magazine;
the English translation of the novel The Golden Age / Zlatý věk: voted first on Amazon.com Editor’s Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Book of 2010, nominated for the Best Translated Book Awards 2011 (Three Percent, USA), honorable mention at Eurocon 2011 (Californian competition focused on English translations of science fiction and fantasy)
the French edition of his novel Druhé městoL'Autre Ville (Mirobole, March 2015) shortlisted for Prix Mythologica and Prix Utopiales Européen 2015

the author is represented in the Best European Fiction 2011, anthology published by Dalkey Archive Press, USA, more details here

other contributions:
Vol. XXIX , #3 Dalkey Archive Annual 3

Jonathan Bolton: Reading Michal Ajvaz (Context, No. 17)

More about the author:
Michal Ajvaz was born in 1949 in Prague, his father was a Crimean Karaim and his mother was an Austrian Czech. He published eight works of fiction and also an essay on Jacques Derrida, a book about Edmund Husserl’s philosophy, as well as a book-length meditation on Jorge Luis Borges called The Dreams of Grammars, the Glow of Letters, and a philosophical study, Jungle of Light: Meditations on Seeing.

Selected bibliography

The Other City / Druhé město
Turquoise Eagle / Tyrkysový orel
Return of the Old Komodo Dragon / Návrat starého varana
Golden Age / Zlatý věk
Empty Streets / Prázdné ulice
Voyage to the South / Cesta na jih
The Luxembourgh Gardens / Lucemburská zahrada