Magdaléna Platzová: Reading and Discussion

The prolific Czech author will read from her latest novel, 'Aaron's Leap,' and from a collection of short stories.

Mon, November 14, 2011 | MEZ 1.208

6:00 PM

Magdaléna Platzová is a Czech writer and journalist, currently living in New York. She has worked as an actress, journalist, and translator, and as an editor for the Prague literary weekly Literární noviny. She was also a literary and cultural editor of the journal Respekt, for which she now reports regularly from New York.

Platzová has published several novels and collections of short stories, as well as stage plays, poems, literary reviews, and articles. Her last novel, Aaronův skok (Aaron´s Leap, Torst, 2006), is inspired by the life of the Austrian born Jewish painter and art teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, best known for her work with Jewish children in the Terezin Ghetto from 1942–44. The novel has been translated into German. Magdalena’s short stories have also appeared in English, in journals such as Two Lines. Magdalena has read her work in Czech Republic, Germany, and USA.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote about Aaron's Leap:  “The novel is impressive not only for its story, but also for the scope of its reflections, among them the still unresolved chapter of the Jewish people as part of the first Czechoslovak Republic and the subsequent attitude of the communist state against this minority. (…) The novel is among the best books which reached us from the Czech Republic, and it is also an early high point in the art of this author.”

Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and the Center for European Studies

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