Tuesday, 19 April 2016
We love a positive review in the morning. The review in World Literature the Ruritanian Gothic classic Three Faces of an Angel by Jiří Pehe came in out print some months ago but appeared only recently online for all to enjoy.
Though it was lovely to see translator, Gerry Turner, received wonderful praise for "turning in yet another laudable performance", we're not convinced he sees himself as a "veteran translator" just yet!
Further evidence of the spread of Jantar's message across the globe comes in the form of the Spring Catalogue 2016 of our distributors in the USA and Canada.
Page 5 (Fiction 3) contains the two best "new titles" available....
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
|Daniela receiving the award at Prague's National Theatre|
Congratulations to Daniela Hodrová on winning "Book of the year 2016" for her tenth novel "Točité věty [Spiral Sentences]". The award was presented this evening in Prague's National Theatre.This novel is based on the lives of translator and poet Bohumila Grögerová and artist Adriena Šimotová, a novelisation of their stories and a profound testimony about the metaphysical anxieties of modern life.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
|Jantar titles GraveLarks and Bliss keeping some exulted company in the LRB Shop|
|London Review Bookshop|
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Monday, 27 July 2015
We sifted through just over one hundred entries from Finland, Australia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, France and Holland. We were very happy to receive many more entries than we expected and, strangely, many more suggestions for Tonda Bajaja's "Na krásné modré dřevnici" than the more famous "Báječná léta pod psa" by Michal Viewegh.
As a result, the Jantar team had some very hard decisions to make and decided to take their time. Remember, we were looking for catchy and commercial, not a translation! So, without further ado, the titles chosen are:
Viewegh: Bliss was it in Bohemia. Winner: David Short (yes, inspired by the Wordsworth poem!)
Bajaja: Burying The Season. Winner: Gabriela Oaklandová
Congratulations to both!
Saturday, 14 March 2015
We were very proud to be invited to launch the book in Prague on 1 December 2014 at the new home of the Václav Havel Memorial Library and possibly even more proud to have Erik Best moderate a discussion between the author, the translator, Gerald Turner and the publisher, Michael Tate. The discussion was very friendly and laugh out loud funny at times, particularly at the end when members of the audience joined in. The whole event was put on youtube.
|Photo (c) Knihovna Václava Havla / Vojěch Stádník|
The Jewish Chronicle. Our favourite quote appears at the end of the review, "amid piquant tableaux of sex, politics and philosophy in our near past, this ambitious, impressive book does not evade the great questions".
Also available online is an interview on Radio Prague's Czech Books series conducted by David Vaughan. The piece ends with Jiří saying, "As far as Jantar Publishing is concerned, I think it’s really great that there is a publishing house in Great Britain that gives space to authors from Eastern Europe. So I am really happy.” We're really happy, too.