The prestigious German literary prize Brücke Berlin was awarded to writer and translator for their novel Hours of Lead. They will receive the award on 10 October as the first Czech writer and translator since its inception in 2002.
The novel Hours of Lead was published in 2018 and became the Book of the Year at the Magnesia Litera Awards a year later. In 2021 was published in German under the title Stunden aus Blei.
Denemarková impressed visitors with Hours of Lead at the Leipzig festival of authors’ readings this March. According to the jury, Profousová translated the multi-layered prose with lyrical passages from Czech into German with precision and wit. The story about contemporary repressive China reveals historical intricacies and uses poetry to demonstrate a picture of our present. Furthermore, the jury appreciated the combination of literary creation and political engagement in the tradition of Václav Havel.