About

Alex Zucker’s translations from Czech include novels by Bianca Bellová, Petra Hůlová, Jáchym Topol, J. R. Pick, Magdaléna Platzová, Tomáš Zmeškal, Josef Jedlička, Heda Margolius Kovály, Patrik Ouředník, and Miloslava Holubová. He has also translated stories, plays, subtitles, young adult and children’s books, song lyrics, reportages, essays, poems, philosophy, art history, and an opera.

Zucker has two books out in 2022: his translation of the novel The Lake, by Bianca Bellová (Parthian Books), and his translations of essays by Czech phenomenologist and cultural critic Jan Patočka, in The Selected Writings of Jan Patocka: Care for the Soul (Bloomsbury). His translation of the Jáchym Topol novel A Sensitive Person is forthcoming from Margellos World Republic of Letters at Yale University Press in 2023.

Currently, Zucker is seeking publishers for four novels: Biography of a Black-and-White Lamb, by Tomáš Zmeškal; Dust Collectors and Deathmaiden, by Lucie Faulerová; and Cracks, by Klára Vlasáková. For samples, synopses, and author bios, write alexz (dot) nyc (at) gmail (dot) com.

Other Works

  • The Selected Writings of Jan Patocka: Care for the Soul

    2022
  • The Movement, by Petra Hůlová

    2021
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, by J. R. Pick

    2018
  • Angel Station, by Jáchym Topol

    2017
  • Three Plastic Rooms, by Petra Hulová

    2017
  • The Attempt, by Magdaléna Platzová

    2016
  • Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal

    2016
  • Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life, by Josef Jedlička

    2016
  • Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovály

    2015
  • Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention (editor)

    2015
  • The Devil’s Workshop, by Jáchym Topol

    2013
  • The Opportune Moment, 1855, by Patrik Ouředník

    2011
  • Case Closed, by Patrik Ouředník

    2010
  • All This Belongs to Me, by Petra Hůlová

    2009
  • City Sister Silver, by Jáchym Topol

    2000
  • More Than One Life, by Miloslava Holubová

    1999
  • A Trip to the Train Station, by Jáchym Topol

    1995; 2011

Awards and Recognition

  • Magdaléna Platzová’s The Attempt longlisted for 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award
  • 2017 English PEN Translates Award
  • 2013 English PEN Award for Writing in Translation
  • 2013 Typographical Translation Award
  • 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship
  • 2010 ALTA National Translation Award

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