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

  • The Movement, by Petra Hůlová

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

  • Angel Station, by Jáchym Topol

  • Three Plastic Rooms, by Petra Hulová

  • The Attempt, by Magdaléna Platzová

  • Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal

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

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

  • Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention (editor)

  • The Devil’s Workshop, by Jáchym Topol

  • The Opportune Moment, 1855, by Patrik Ouředník

  • Case Closed, by Patrik Ouředník

  • All This Belongs to Me, by Petra Hůlová

  • City Sister Silver, by Jáchym Topol

  • More Than One Life, by Miloslava Holubová

  • A Trip to the Train Station, by Jáchym Topol

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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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