• prose writer
  • author of two books

Matěj Hořava’s first fruit Distilled Spirit. Stories from Banat / Pálenka. Prózy z Banátu has been translated into five languages (Bulgarian, Polish, Macedonian, Hungarian, and Croatian) and the rights have been sold to Romania too. The author received for this book Magnesia Litera in the Newcomer of the Year category (2015) and Czech Book Prize (2015) for it.


Matěj Hořava (b. 1980) is the pseudonym of an author who first came to prominence in 2014 with the prose work Distilled Spirit. Already translated into five languages, it will appear in 2020 in Romania, where much of it is set. The author studied in Brno and has worked as a teacher in Czech villages in the Banat region. Since 2013 he has lived in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has also published poems and short works of prose in the magazines Tvar, Weles, Host and Respekt.