• prose writer
  • author of two books

Matěj Hořava’s first fruit Distilled Spirit. Stories from Banat / Pálenka. Prózy z Banátu has been published in six languages – Bulgarian, Polish, Macedonian, Hungarian, Croatian and Romanian. The author received Magnesia Litera in the Newcomer of the Year category (2015) and Czech Book Prize (2015) for his first book.

His second book Stopover / Mezipřistání, was published in 2020. This book was shortlisted for Magnesia Litera in the Prose category (2020) and for European Union Prize for Literature (2021).


Matěj Hořava (b. 1980) is the pseudonym of an author who first came to prominence in 2014 with the prose work Distilled Spirit. It already has been published in six countries including Romania, where much of it is set. The author studied in Brno and worked as a teacher in Czech villages in the Banat region. In years 2013-2022 he lived in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Matěj Hořava has also published poems and short works of prose in the magazines Tvar, Weles, Host and Respekt.