PRAGUE‘S INTERNATIONAL LITERARY RENAISSANCE 1990-2010 AN ANTHOLOGY
ed. Louis Armand
ISBN 978-80-7308-302-1 (paperback). 960pp.
Publication date: May 2010
Price: € 15.00 (not including postage)
Prague with its legendary charms is, in fact, one of those cities that effectively pin down poetic thought, which is always more or less adrift in space. Andre Breton (1935)
This ground-breaking anthology includes the work of over 90 writers and translators active in Prague during the two decades following the Velvet Revolution; generously illustrated with archival photos, portraits, film-stills and memorabilia; and complemented by a detailed bibliography of English-language literary journals, book publications, chapbook series, anthologies…
“‘Three ringing cheers,‘ as the old song demands… This is a magnificent volume, a huge effort and obviously worth the effort.” –Seamus Heaney
“This book positively brims. With words, with pictures, with experiments and experiences. At eight hundred pages plus, it is as a definitive testament…” –Ryan Scott, Cordite Poetry Review
CONTRIBUTORS: Michal Ajvaz, Jorn Ake, Gwendolyn Albert, Hana Andronikova, Louis Armand, Julie Ashley, Alex Barber, Kip Allan Bauersfeld, Kevin Blahut, Petr Borkovec, Sarah Borufka, Michael Brennan, Bil Brown, Anna Bryson, Alexandra Buchler, Isobelle Carmody, Vera Chase, Lou Charbonneau, Julie Chibbaro, Joshua Cohen, Laura Conway, Christopher Cook, Christopher Crawford, Lewis Crofts, Pierre Daguin, Barbara Day, Stephan Delbos, Danika Dinsmore, David Doubek, Daniela Drazanova, Vit Erban, G.S. Evans, Robert Eversz, Vincent Farnsworth, Sylva Fischerova, David Freeling, Jim Freeman, Michaela Freeman, Stuart Friebert, Robert Gal, Thor Garcia, Myla Goldberg, Elizabeth Gross, Bernie Higgins, Stuart Horwitz, Howard Hunt, Travis Jeppesen, Ivan Martin Jirous, Alexander Jorgensen, Richard Katrovas, Jane Kirwan, Jana Klepetarova, Eva Klimentova, Vit Kremlicka, Maya Kvetny, Toby Litt, Christopher Lord, Paul Martia, Jason Mashak, Tom McCarthy, John McKeown, Maureen McManus, Joshua Mensch, Tomas Mika, Ewald Murrer, Ken Nash, Scott Jonathan Nixon, Andrew Oakland, Peter Orner, Tony Ozuna, Iva Pekarkova, Katerina Pinosova, Jaroslav Pizl, Magdalena Platzova, Paul Polansky, Justin Quinn, James Ragan, Martin Reiner, Tim Rogers, Katerina Rudcenkova, Jaroslav Rudis, Simon Safranek, Revan Schendler, Theodore Schwinke, Patrick Seguin, Bethany Shaffer, Joe Sherman, Phil Shoenfelt, David Short, Howard Sidenberg, Jenny Smith, Donna Stonecipher, Holly Tavel, Jeri Theriault, Alan Ward Thomas, Anthony Tognazzini, Lukas Tomin, Nicole Tomlinson, Jachym Topol, Petra Vachunova, David Vichnar, Lawrence Wells, Alice Whittenburg, Clare Wigfall, Laura Zam, Lucien Zell, Alex Zucker.
INTERVIEW: “A new anthology celebrates Prague’s international literary culture.” David Vaughan interviews Louis Armand on Czech Radio about The Return of Kral Majales, 28-03-2010.
IN THE MEDIA: Benjamin Cunningham, “Anthology tracks prose and poetry of past 20 years,” The Prague Post, Wednesday 28 April 2010.
Louis Armand is director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University, Prague. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Poetry Review,Sulfur and Stand, as well as The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, The Best Australian Poetry 2008, and Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets. He has published books of criticism and prose fiction as well as a number of collections of poetry, including Inexorable Weather (Arc, 2001), Land Partition (Textbase, 2001), Strange Attractors (Salt, 2003), Malice in Underland (Textbase, 2003) and Picture Primitive (Antigen, 2006). He is the editor ofContemporary Poetics (Northwestern UP, 2007) and co-editor of the journal VLAK: Contemporary Poetics and the Arts.