Edited by Pavel Mandys
Cover Artist: Photo: Jan Reich; Design AAron Petrovich
Akashic Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781617755293
Date: 06 February 2018 List Price $15.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Product Description: The noir quotient of this legendary Eastern European city will enthrall and terrify readers from across the globe.
Brand-new stories by: Martin Goffa, Stepán Kopriva, Milos Urban, Jirí W. Procházka, Chaim Cigan, Ondrej Neff, Petr Stancík, Katerina Tucková, Markéta Pilátová, Michal Sýkora, Michaela Klevisová, Petra Soukupová, Irena Hejdová, and Petr Sabach.
From the introduction by Pavel Mandys: How do you write noir in a city where, until 1990, the profession of private detective didn't even exist? Where the censors cultivated a positive image of the police in both media and literature? Where, in essence, organized crime was nowhere to be found, and the largest criminal group was the secret police? If, however, the concept of noir is extended and considered a label for literary works that contain elements of crime, danger, and menace, or where main characters find themselves in a critical situation, then you will find fourteen such stories in this collection...
I see Prague Noir as a chance for Czech authors to introduce themselves to international audiences ... Contemporary Czech literature is vivid, vibrant, and informed by contemporary world literature which--thanks to active translators--is usually available in Czech very fast. It is global and local, poetic and humorous, filled with stories from the past, present, and from imaginary worlds. And it is waiting for when, in addition to all the enthusiastic Czech readers, it will also gain a great international audience.
(Source: Akashic Books)