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Michal Ajvaz


Michal Ajvaz at the Cork International Short Story Festival


Reading Friday, 16 September with Siobhan Fallon @7.30pm
The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, Cork


Poet, fiction writer, and essayist Michal Ajvaz was born in Prague in1949. Between ‘67–’74 he read Czech and aesthetics at Prague University. He did various menial jobs including work as a janitor, a night-watchman in a garage and a pump attendant for the Prague Waterworks. Since 1994 he has worked as a full-time writer. He lives in Prague. His novel Empty Streets was awarded the Jaroslav Seifert Prize in 2005, the most prestigious literary award in the Czech Republic. Two other novels The Other City (1993) and The Golden Age (2001) are available in English translation from Dalkey Archive Press. The English translation of The Golden Age was listed as Amazon’s No 1 Science Fiction novel for 2010.


Author Links


Interview with Ajvaz at Omnivoracious

Critical Essay on Ajvaz by Jonathan Bolton in Context magazine

Ajvaz at the Dalkey Archive




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