ALL THIS BELONGS TO ME - PETRA HŮLOVÁ
Book reading and presentation by Petra Hůlová and translator Alex Zucker
October 22, 2009 , 8PM
Petra Hůlová became an overnight sensation when All This Belongs to Me was originally published in Czech in 2002, when the author was just twenty-three years old. She has since established herself as one of the most exciting young novelists in Europe today. "Writings from an Unbound Europe," an imprint of Northwestern University Press, is proud to publish the first translation of her work in English. All This Belongs to Me chronicles the lives of three generations of women in a Mongolian family. Told from the point of view of a mother, three sisters, and the daughter of one of the sisters, this story of secrets and betrayals takes us from the daily rhythms of nomadic life on the steppe to the harsh realities of urban alcoholism and prostitution in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. All This Belongs to Me is a sweeping family saga that showcases Hůlová's genius.
Petra Hůlová has published five critically acclaimed novels in Czech. She won the Magnesia Litera Prize in the Czech Republic in 2002 for Paměť mojí babičce (In Memory of My Grandmother, here released as All This Belongs to Me).
Alex Zucker has translated two novels, numerous short stories and plays, poems, and song lyrics. His translation of Czech author Jáchym Topol's first novel, City Sister Silver (2000), was selected for inclusion in the 2006 guide 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Zucker's most recent translation was a comic opera, directed by Miloš Forman, for the National Theater in Prague.