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Zuzana Brabcová

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  zuzana brabcová

Zuzana Brabcová (1959-2015) was born in Prague to the literary historians Jiří Brabec, a signatory of Charter 77, and Zina Trochová. After graduating high school she was denied by the communist regime the opportunity to study at university, so she worked as a librarian, hospital attendant, and as a cleaning lady for six years. After the regime fell in 1989, she worked for a while at the Ministry of Interior before serving as an editor at a couple of Prague publishing houses. In the years preceding her death she was unemployed. Her first book, Far from the Tree, came out in samizdat abroad in 1987, and for it she became the very first recipient of the Jiří Orten Prize. The novel was officially published in Prague soon after the Revolution. She published two more novels over the next decade before taking a twelve-year break. In 2012 she came out with the novel Ceilings, which brought her a Magnesia Litera Award for Prose Book of the Year, followed by Aviaries in 2016, completed just before her sudden death.


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