Czech and Slovak Literature in Translation

This page is intended to be a selection of works, not a comprehensive bibliography (nor an endorsement of any specific translation). New books and articles will be added gradually, but there will be no systematic effort to stay fully up to date. For other bibliographical sources see below.

Slovak items are marked [SL], mixed items [CZ/SL]


Six Slovak Poets, tr. John Minahane, ed. Igor Hochel (Todmorden: Arc Publications, 2010). [Bilingual, poets Ján Buzássy, Mila Haugová, Kamil Peteraj, Daniel Hevier, Peter Repka, Ivan Štrpka.]

Six Czech Poets, ed. Alexandra Büchler (Todmorden: Arc Publications, 2007). [Bilingual, contemporary poets Petr Borkovec, Viola Fischerová, Petr Halmay, Zbyněk Hejda, Pavel Kolmačka, Kateřina Rudčenková; tr. by Alexandra Büchler (most), James Naughton (Fischerová), Justin Quinn (Borkovec), and Bernard O'Donoghue with Šimon Daníček (Hejda, part)].

A World Apart and Other Stories: Czech Women Writers at the Fin de Siecle, tr. Kathleen Hayes (Prague: Karolinum Press / Progetto, 2001).

Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution: Voices from the Czech Republic [poetry of the nineties, bilingual], ed. Richard Katrovas in New Orleans Review, Vol 26, 1-2, Spring/Summer 2000.

Allskin and Other Tales by Contemporary Czech Women, ed. Alexandra Büchler (Seattle WA: Women in Translation, 1998). [15 authors.]

This Side of Reality: Modern Czech Writing, ed. Alexandra Büchler (London, 1996). [more recent fiction].

[CZ/SL] Description of a Struggle: the Picador Book of Contemporary East European Prose, ed. Michael March (London, 1994). [Recent Czech and Slovak fiction.]

Czech Plays, ed. and part tr. Barbara Day (London, 1994).

[SL] Not Waiting for Miracles: Seventeen Contemporary Slovak Poets, tr. James & Viera Sutherland-Smith (Štefánia Allen, Levoča, 1993).

[SL] An Anthology of Slovak Literature, ed. Andrew Cincura (Riverside, 1976).

Anthology of Czech Poetry, ed. Alfred French (Ann Arbor, 1973).

[CZ/SL] New Writing in Czechoslovakia, ed. George Theiner (Harmondsworth, 1969).

An Anthology of Modern Bohemian Poetry, tr. Paul Selver (London, 1912).

The Native Literature of Bohemia in the Fourteenth Century, tr. Albert Henry Wratislaw (London, 1878).

Cheskian Anthology, tr. John Bowring (London, 1832). [The first anthology.]

Individual Authors

(Fiction/novels unless otherwise indicated.)

Anonymous (14th century), A Sacred Farce from Medieval Bohemia: Mastičkář (= The Quacksalver), tr. Jarmila F. Veltruský (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985) [drama]

Čapek, Karel (1890-1938), Four Plays: R.U.R., The Insect Play, The Makropulos Case, The White Plague, tr. Peter Majer and Cathy Porter (London: Methuen, 1999). [drama]
- , R.U.R. [1920], tr. Paul Selver, London, 1923; also tr. Claudia Novack-Jones, in Toward the Radical Center: a Karel Čapek Reader (Highland Park, 1990). [drama]
- , with Josef Čapek (1887-1945), "And so ad infinitum" (The Life of the Insects) [later as The Insect Play] [1921], tr. Paul Selver (London, 1923). [drama]
- , Letters from England [1924], tr. Paul Selver (London, 1925); tr. Geoffrey Newsome (London: Claridge Press, 2001). [travel essays]
- , Tales from Two Pockets [1929] [selection], tr. Paul Selver (London, 1932); tr. Norma Comrada (North Haven, 1994).
- , Apocryphal Stories [1945], tr. Dora Round (London, 1949).
- , Hordubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life [1933-34], tr. Marie and Robert Weatherall (London, 1934, 1935, 1936); [also Catbird Press, 1990].
- , War with the Newts [1936], tr. Marie and Robert Weatherall (London, 1937); tr. Ewald Osers (London, 1985).
- , Power and Glory [ = Bílá nemoc (The White Plague), 1937], tr. Paul Selver and Ralph Neale (London, 1938); The White Plague, tr. Michael Henry Heim in Cross Currents 7 (Ann Arbor, 1988) (online version). [drama]
- , Believe in People : The Essential Karel Čapek : Previously Untranslated Journalism and Letters, tr. Šárka Tobrmannová-Kühnová, with a preface by John Carey (London: Faber, 2010).

[SL] Cíger Hronský, Jozef (1896-1961), Jozef Mak [1933], tr. Andrew Cincura (Columbus, 1985).

Comenius (Komenský), Jan Amos (1592-1670), The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart [1631, 1663], tr. Count Francis Lützow (London, 1901); (London, 1905); tr. Matthew Spinka (Chicago, 1942); (Ann Arbor, 1972); tr. and introduced by Howard Louthan and Andrea Sterk (New York, Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1998).

[SL] Dobšinský, Pavol (1828-1885), Traditional Slovak Folktales, ed. and tr. David L. Cooper (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

Durych, Jaroslav (1886-1962), The Descent of the Idol [= Bloudění (Wandering), 1929], tr. Lynton A. Hudson (London, 1935).
- , God's Rainbow, tr. David Short (Prague: Karolinum, 2016).

Fischerová, Daniela (b. 1948), Fingers Pointing Elsewhere, tr. Neil Bermel (North Haven, CT: Catbird Press, 2000). [stories]

Fischerová, Sylva (b. 1963), The Tremor of Racehorses [1985-90], tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (Newcastle, 1990). [poetry].
- , The swing in the middle of chaos: selected poems, tr. Sylva Fischerová & Stuart Friebert (Tarset, Northumberland: Bloodaxe, 2009).

Fuks, Ladislav (1923-1994), Mr Theodore Mundstock [1963], tr. Iris Urwin (London, 1969).
- ,  The Cremator [1967], tr. Eva M. Kandler (London, 1984).

Hašek, Jaroslav (1883-1923), The Good Soldier Schweik [1921-23], tr. Paul Selver (London, 1930); The Good Soldier Švejk and His Fortunes in the World War, tr. Cecil Parrott (London, 1973).
- , The Red Commissar, tr. Cecil Parrott (London, 1981).
- , The Bachura Scandal, tr. Alan Menhennet (London, 1991).

Havel, Václav (1936-2011), The Memorandum [1965], tr. Vera Blackwell (London, 1967).
- , The Garden Party [1963], tr. Vera Blackwell (London, 1969). [drama].
- , The Increased Difficulty of Concentration [1968], tr. Vera Blackwell (London, 1972). [drama].
- , Conversation [= Audience, 1975], tr. George Theiner, in Index on Censorship, vol. 5, no. 3 (London, 1976). [drama].
- , Sorry... Two plays: Audience and Private View [1975], tr. Vera Blackwell (London, 1978).
- , The Vaněk Plays, ed. M. Goetz-Stankiewicz, Havel plays [1975-78] tr. Vera Blackwell (Jan Novak, Vancouver, 1987).
- , Largo Desolato [1985], "English version by Tom Stoppard" (London, 1987). [drama]
- , Temptation [1986], tr. George Theiner (London, 1988). [drama]
- , Václav Havel or Living in Truth: Twenty-two essays, ed. Jan Vladislav (London: Faber & Faber, 1986).
Redevelopment or Slum Clearance [1988], tr. James Saunders, Marie Winn (London, 1990). [drama]
- , Selected Plays 1963-83, tr. Vera Blackwell, George Theiner (Jan Novak, London, 1992).

Hodrová, Daniela (b. 1946), A Kingdom of Souls, tr. Véronique Firkusny and Elena Sokol (Jantar Publishing, 2015)
- , Prague. I see a city…, tr. David Short (Jantar Publishing, 2015).

Holan, Vladimír (1905-1980), Selected Poems, tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (Harmondsworth, 1971).
- , A Night with Hamlet [1964], tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (London, 1980); tr. Clayton Eshleman, Annette Smith, František Galan, in Conductors of the Pit, ed. Clayton Eshleman (New York, 1988). [poem]
- , Mirroring: Selected Poems, tr. C. G. Hanzlicek, Dana Hábová (Middletown, 1985).
- , Noc s Hamletem, A Night with Hamlet, tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (Prague: Academia, 1999), ISBN 80-200-0734-2 [illustrations by Jaroslav Šerých; bilingual edition].

Holub, Miroslav (1923-1998), Selected Poems, tr. Ian Milner, George Theiner (Harmondsworth, 1967).
- , Although [1969], tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (London, 1971). [poetry]
- , Notes of a Clay Pigeon, tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner (London, 1977). [poetry]
- , Sagittal Section [1989], tr. Stuart Friebert, Dana Hábová (Oberlin, 1980) [poetry]
- , Interferon [1986], tr. David Young, Dana Hábová (Oberlin, 1982). [poetry]
- , Poems Before and After, tr. Jarmila and Ian Milner, Ewald Osers, George Theiner, Friebert, Dana Hábová, David Young (Newcastle upon Tyne, 1990).
- , Vanishing Lung Syndrome [1990], tr. David Young and Dana Hábová (London, 1990).
- , The Dimension of the Present Moment and Other Essays, tr. David Young, Dana Hábová etc. (London, 1990). [essays]
- , The Jingle Bell Principle [1987], tr. James  Naughton (Newcastle, 1992). [essays]
- , Supposed to Fly [1994], tr. Ewald Osers (Newcastle, 1996). [poetry/essays]

Hostovský, Egon (1908-1973), The Hideout [1943], tr. Fern Long (New York, 1945).
- , Seven Times the Leading Man [1942], tr. Fern Long (New York, 1945).
- , The Midnight Patient [1958], tr. Philip H. Smith (New York, 1954; London, 1955).
- , The Arsonist [1935], tr. Christopher Morris, David Chirico, Howard Sidenberg (Prague, Twisted Spoon Press, 1996).

Hrabal, Bohumil (1914-1997), A Close Watch on the Trains [1965] [subsequently as Closely Observed/Watched Trains], tr. Edith Pargeter (London, 1968).
- , The Death of Mr Baltisberger [1963-4, 1966], tr. Michael Heim (Northwestern UP, 2010 or Abacus Books, 1990).
- , I Served the King of England [1980, MS 1971], tr. Paul Wilson (London, 1989).
- , Too Loud a Solitude [1980, MS 1976, tr. Michael Heim (London, 1991).
- , Cutting It Short [1976] and The Little Town Where Time Stood Still [1978, MS 1973], tr. James Naughton (London, 1993).
- , Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age [= Taneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé (Dancing Lessons for the Older and More Advanced),1964], tr. Michael Heim (New York, 1995).
- , Total Fears: Letters to Dubenka [1989-91], tr. James Naughton (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 1998).
- , Pirouettes on a Postage Stamp: an interview-novel [Kličky na kapesníku: román-interview], with questions asked and answers recorded by Laszlo Szigeti, tr. David Short (Prague: Karolinum Press, 2008).
- , In-house Weddings, tr. Tony Liman (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2007).
- , Vita nuova, tr. Tony Liman (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2010).
- , Rambing on: An Apprentice's Guide to the Gift of the Gab, tr. David Short (Prague: Karolinum, 2016)

Jedlička, Josef (1927-1990), Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life [1966], tr. Alex Zucker (Prague: Karolinum, 2016).

Klíma, Ivan (b. 1931), My Merry Mornings [1979], tr. George Theiner (London, 1985).
- , My First Loves [1985], tr. Ewald Osers (London, 1986).
- , Judge on Trial [1986, 1991], tr. A. G. Brain [= Alice and Gerald Turner] (London, 1991).
- , My Golden Trades [1990], tr. Paul Wilson (London, 1992).
- , The Spirit of Prague and other essays [1974-93], tr. Paul Wilson (London, 1994).
- , Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light [1994], tr. Paul Wilson (London, 1995).
- , The Ultimate Intimacy [1996], tr. A.G.Brain [= Alice and Gerald Turner] (London, 1997).
- , Lovers for a Day, tr. Gerald Turner (London, 1999).

Klíma, Ladislav (1878-1928), The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch, [Utrpení knížete Šternenhocha, 1928], tr. Carleton Bulkin (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2001).

Kliment, Alexandr (1929-2017), Living Parallel [= Nuda v Čechách, 1979], tr. Robert Wechsler (North Haven, CT: Catbird Press, 2002).

Kohout, Pavel (b. 1928), The Widow Killer, tr. Neil Bermel (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998, also Picador, 2000).

Komenský, see Comenius.

[SL] Kukučín, Martin (1860-1928), Seven Slovak Stories [c. 1885-88], tr. Norma Leigh Rudinsky (Cleveland, 1980).

Kundera, Milan (b. 1929), The Joke [1967], tr. David Hamblyn, Oliver Stallybrass (London, 1969 [with editorial alterations]); new tr. Michael Heim (New York, 1982); revised tr. Michael Heim, author (Aaron Asher, New York, 1992).
- , Laughable Loves [1963-68, 1970], tr. Suzanne Rappaport (New York, 1974).
- , Life Is Elsewhere [1979], tr. Peter Kussi (New York, 1974).
- , The Farewell Party [1970], tr. Peter Kussi (New York, 1976).
- , The Book of Laughter and Forgetting [1981], tr. Michael Heim (New York, 1980).
- , The Unbearable Lightness of Being [1985], tr. Michael Heim (New York, 1984).
- , Jacques and His Master [1981], tr. Simon Callow (from French) (New York, 1985).
- , Immortality [1990], tr. Peter Kussi (New York, 1992).

Lustig, Arnošt (1926-2011), Diamonds of the Night [1958], tr. Iris Urwin (Prague, 1962); tr. Jeanne Němcová (Washington, 1978).
- , Night and Hope [1957], tr. George Theiner (London, 1962).
- , Dita Sax [1962], tr. George Theiner (London, 1966); Dita Saxova, tr. Jeanne Němcová (New York, 1979; expanded, Evanston, 1993).

Mácha, Karel Hynek (1810-1836), May [Máj, 1836], tr. Roderick A. Ginsburg (Berwyn, Illinois, 1932); tr. Hugh Hamilton McGoverne (London, 1949); Canto II, tr. Karel Brušák, Stephen Spender in 'Review 43', 2 (London, 1943); tr. Edith Pargeter, illustrated by Jan Zrzavý (Prague: Artia, [1967]); tr. William E. Harkins in 'Cross Currents' 6 (Ann Arbor, 1990) (online version); Canto III, tr. James Naughton in 'Yazzyk Magazine', 4 (Prague, 1995) (online version); tr. Marcela Sulak (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2005). [lyrical-narrative poem, 1836].

Michal, Karel (1932-1984), Everyday Spooks [= Bubáci pro všední den, 1961-7], tr. David Short (Prague: Karolinum, 2008).

[SL] Mňačko, Ladislav (1919-1994), Death Is Called Engelchen [1959], tr. George Theiner (Prague, 1961).
- , The Taste of Power [1967], tr. Paul Stevenson (London, 1967).

Němcová, Božena (1820-1862), The Grandmother [1855], tr. Frances Gregor (Chicago, 1891; repr. Prague: Vitalis, 2006); Granny: scenes from country life, tr. Edith Pargeter (Prague: Artia, 1962; repr. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1976).

Neruda, Jan (1834-1891), Tales of the Little Quarter [Povídky malostranské (Tales of the Malá Strana), 1877], tr. Edith Pargeter (Melbourne, 1957); Prague Tales, tr. Michael Heim (London, 1993).

Nezval, Vítězslav (1900-1958), Antilyrik & Other Poems, tr. Jerome Rothenberg and Milos Sovak (Copenhagen, Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2001).
- , The Absolute Gravedigger [1937], tr. Stephan Delbos and Tereza Novická (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 2016).
- , Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, tr. David Short (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, Jeppe Press, 2005). [fiction]
- , in: Three Czech Poets: Vítězslav Nezval; Antonín Bartušek; Josef Hanzlík (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971) [Nezval tr. by E. Osers].

[SL] Novomeský, Ladislav (1904-1976), Slovak Spring, tr. John Minahane (Belfast: Belfast Historical & Educational Society, 2004). [selected poems and essays; introductory essay]. Distributor: Athol Books, PO Box 6589, London N7 6SG.

Páral, Vladimír (b. 1932), Catapult [Katapult, 1967], tr. William E. Harkins (Highland Park, NJ, 1993).
- , Lovers and Murderers [Milenci a vrazi, 1969], tr. Craig Cravens (North Haven, CT: Catbird Press, 2002).
- , The Four Sonyas [Profesionální žena, 1971], tr. William E. Harkins (North Haven, CT, 1993).

Pavel, Ota (1930-1973), How I Came To Know Fish [1971, 1974, selected stories], tr, Jindriska Badal, Robert McDowell (New York: New Directions, 1991; London: Penguin, 2010).

[SL] Pišťanek, Peter (1960-2015), Rivers of Babylon, 1, 2, and 3, tr. Peter Petro (London: Garnett, 2007, 2008), 3 vols.

Reynek, Bohuslav (1892-1971), The Well at Morning: Selected Poems and Graphic Artworks, 1925-1971, tr. Justin Quinn (Prague: Karolinum, Press, 2018).

Seifert, Jaroslav (1901-1986), The Selected Poetry, tr. Ewald Osers (London, 1986).

[SL] Šimečka, Martin M. (b. 1957), The Year of the Frog [1985], tr. Peter Petro (Baton Rouge, 1993).

Škvorecký, Josef (1924-2012), The Cowards [1958], tr. Jeanne Němcová (New York, 1970).
- , The Bass Saxophone [1967], tr. Káča Poláčková-Henley (Toronto, 1977).
- , The Republic of Whores [= Tankový prapor (The Tank Battalion), 1971], tr. Paul Wilson (London, 1994).
- , The Miracle Game [1972/1991], tr. Paul Wilson (Toronto, 1991)
- , The Swell Season [1975/1990], tr. Paul Wilson (London: Picador, 1989).
- , The Engineer of Human Souls [1977], tr. Paul Wilson (Toronto, 1984).

[SL] Tatarka, Dominik (1913-1989), The Demon of Conformity [1956], abridged tr. Peter Petro in Cross Currents, 6 (Ann Arbor, 1987). [essayistic]

[SL] Timrava (= Božena Slančíková, 1861-1951), That Alluring Land: Slovak Stories [pre-1918], tr. Rudinsky (Pittsburgh, 1992).

Topol, Jáchym (b. 1962), City Sister Silver [= Sestra (Sister) 1994], tr. Alex Zucker (North Haven, CT: Catbird Press, 2000).
- , Gargling with Tar [Kloktat dehet, 2005], tr. David Short (London: Portobello, 2010).
- , This Part of Town Is No Place For Old-Timers, tr. David Short). [short story]

Vaculík, Ludvík (1926-2015), The Axe [1966], tr. Marian Šling (London, New York, 1973); recent paperback edition, (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1994).
- , The Guinea Pigs [1977], tr. Káča Poláčková[-Henley] (New York, 1973).
- , A Cup of Coffee with My Interrogator [1976-87], tr. George Theiner (London, 1987). [essays]

Valdštejna, Zdeněk Brtnický z, The Diary of Baron Waldstein, tr. by G.W. Groos (London: Thames & Hudson, 1981).

[SL] Válek, Miroslav (1927-91), The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Selected Poems, tr. Ewald Osers (Levoča/Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996).

Vančura, Vladislav (1891-1942), The End of the Old Times [1934], tr. Edith Pargeter (Prague, 1965).

Viewegh, Michal (b. 1962), Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia [1994], tr. A. G. Brain [= Alice and Gerald Turner] (London, 1997).

[SL] Vilikovský, Pavel (b. 1941), Ever Green Is--: Selected Prose [Večne je zelený..., 1989; Všetko, čo viem o stredoeurópanstve, in Krutý strojvodca, 1996; Kôň na poschodí, slepec vo Vrábľoch, 1989], tr. Charles Sabatos (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2002).

Vratislav z Mitrovic, Václav (1576-1635), The Adventures of Baron Wenceslas Wratislaw of Mitrowitz [1599], tr. Wratislaw (London, 1862). [travel writing] 

Weil, Jiří (1900-1959), Life With a Star [1949]. tr. Rita Klímová & Roslyn Schloss (London: Daunt Books, 2012).
- , Mendelssohn is on the Roof [1959], tr. Marie Winn (London: Daunt Books, 2011).


Bibliography, Translation History, Reference

Edmondson, Vlaďka, with Short, David, Czech Republic (World Bibliographical Series, vol. 219) (Clio Press, Oxford, c. 1999).

[CZ/SL] Kovtun, George J., Czech and Slovak Literature in English (Washington: Library of Congress, 1988).  [Comprehensive bibliography of literature published in English, from 1832-1982; the 2nd edition (available for download in PDF format) adds selected works from 1983-86.]

[CZ/SL] Naughton, James, "Czech and Slovak", in The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation, ed. Peter France (Oxford: OUP, 2000), pp. 196-200.

Naughton, James, "Czech Literature in Britain: from Bowring to Strickland", in Großbritannien, die USA und die böhmischen Länder 1848-1938, ed. Eva Schmidt-Hartmann, Stanley B. Winters, (Munich: Oldenbourg, 1991), pp. 107-117.

[CZ/SL] Naughton, James (1995), Traveller's Literary Companion to Eastern and Central Europe (Brighton: In Print Publishing, 1995). [Chapters on the literatures of the Czech Republic and Slovakia with bibliographies of translations]

[CZ/SL] Partridge, James, "Czech Literature", "Slovak literature", "Karel Čapek", "Jaroslav Hašek", "Bohumil Hrabal", "Václav Havel", "Miroslav Holub", "Josef Škvorecký" in Fitzroy Dearborn Encyclopaedia of Literary Translation (Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001).

[CZ/SL] Short, David, Czechoslovakia (World Bibliographical Series) (Clio Press, Oxford, 1986). [Earlier version of the above]

[CZ/SL] The Everyman Companion to East European Literature, ed. R. B. Pynsent and S. I. Kanikova (Dent, London, 1993).

Some Literary Studies and Background Reading

(This is only a very partial and restricted list. Books of particular use for Oxford students are shown in bold.)

[SL] Brock, Peter, The Slovak National Awakening (Toronto, 1976).

[CZ/SL] Chitnis, Rajendra, Literature in Post-Communist Russia and Eastern Europe: the Russian, Czech and Slovak Fiction of the Changes, 1988-1998 (London: Routledge Curzon, 2005).

Chitnis, Rajendra, Vladislav Vančura : the Heart of the Czech Avant-garde (Prague: Karolinum Press, 2007).

Czech Literature Since 1956: A Symposium, ed. William E. Harkins & Paul I. Trensky (Bohemica, Columbia Slavic Studies, 1980).

Czech Modernism: 1900-1945, Jaroslav Anděl et al., ed, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Boston: Little Brown; Toronto, London: Bulfinch Press, 1989).

Demetz, Peter, Prague in Black and Gold: The History of a City (London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1997).

Devětsil: the Czech Avant-Garde of the 1920s and 30s, ed. Rostislav Švácha (Oxford: Museum of Modern Art; London: Design Museum, 1990).

[CZ/SL] Dowling, Maria, Czechoslovakia (London: Arnold, 2002). [a recent brief introductory history]

French, Alfred, The Poets of Prague: Czech Poetry between the Wars (London: Oxford University Press, 1969).

French, Alfred, Czech Writers and Politics, 1945-1969, East European Quarterly, Boulder, Colorado, distributed by Columbia University Press (New York, 1982).

Frynta, Emanuel, Hašek, the Creator of Schweik, trans. Jean Layton and George Theiner (Prague: Artia, 1965).

Gheorghe, Manuela, Boundaries in Motion: Christian Initiation and Literary Discourse in Vasile Andru's and Daniela Hodrová's Fiction (Olomouc: Palacký University, 2008).

Goetz-Stankiewicz, Marketa, The Silenced Theatre: Czech Playwrights without a Stage (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979).

[CZ/SL] Gorys, Erhard, The Czech and Slovak Republics (London: Pallas Athene, 1991 etc). [solid guidebook]

Harkins, W. E., Karel Čapek (New York, 1962).

Holý, Jiří, Writers under Siege: Czech Literature since 1945 (Eastbourne, Brighton / Portland, Oregon: Sussex Academic Press, 2008).

[CZ/SL] History of the Czechoslovak Republic, ed. Victor S. Mamatey and Radomír Luža (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1973).

[CZ/SL] Jacobs, Michael, Blue Guide: Czechoslovakia (London: A & C Black; New York: W. W. Norton, 1992).

Jakobson, Roman, "Notes on Myth in Erben's Work", in R. Jakobson, Language in Literature (Cambridge, Mass., 1987).

Jelínek, Hanuš, Histoire de la Littérature Tcheque, 3 vols (Paris, 1930-35).

[SL] Modern Slovak Prose: Fiction Since 1954, ed. R. B. Pynsent (London, 1990).

Naughton, James D., "Futurology and Robots: Karel Čapek's R.U.R.", in Renaissance and Modern Studies, 1984, pp.72-86.

Němcová Banerjee, Maria, Terminal Paradox: The Novels of Milan Kundera (London and Boston, 1990).

Novák Arne, Czech Literature [1946], Peter Kussi, trans, William E. Harkins, ed with a supplement, Michigan Slavic Publications (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, 1976). [The original of this is: Dějiny českého písemnictví, 1946]. (None of the histories of Czech literature available in English are particularly satisfactory, however.)

O'Brien, John, Milan Kundera and Feminism (Basingstoke, 1995).

Parrott, Cecil, The Bad Bohemian: The Life of Jaroslav Hašek (London: Bodley Head, London, 1978).

Polišenský, J. V., Britain and Czechoslovakia: A Study in Contacts (Prague: Orbis, 1966).

Pynsent, Robert B., "Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923)", in European Writers: The Twentieth Century, vol. 9, pp. 1091-1118.

Porter, Robert, An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Czech Fiction: Comedies of Defiance (Brighton / Portland, Oregon: Sussex Academic Press, 2001).

Ripellino, Angelo Maria, Magic Prague [1973], David Newton Marinelli, trans [from Italian] (Macmillan, London, 1994).

[SL] Rudinsky, Norma, Incipient Feminists: Women Writers in the Slovak National Revival (Columbus, OH, 1991).

Sayer, Derek, The Coasts of Bohemia: A Czech History (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998).

[CZ/SL] Seton-Watson, R. W., A History of the Czechs and Slovaks (London, 1943). [Outdated in some ways, but not yet satisfactorily replaced as a one-volume study]

Škvorecký, Josef, All the Bright Young Men and Women: A Personal History of the Czech Cinema, tr. Michael Schonberg (Toronto: Peter Martin Associates, 1971).

Škvorecký, Josef, Talkin' Moscow Blues [essays on himself, Hrabal, etc.], ed. Sam Solecki (London: Faber and Faber, 1989).

Solecki, Sam, Prague Blues: The Fiction of Josef Škvorecký, A Critical Study (Toronto: ECW Press, 1990).

Součková, Milada, The Czech Romantics (The Hague: Mouton, 1958). [Mácha, Erben, Němcová].

Trensky, Paul, Czech Drama Since World War II (White Plain: M. E. Sharpe, 1978).

[CZ/SL] Wallace, William V., Czechoslovakia (London: Ernest Benn, 1977).

Wellek, René, Essays on Czech Literature (The Hague: Mouton, 1963).

Wittlich, Petr, Prague Fin de Siècle [in English] (Paris: Flammarion, 1992).

Zeman, Z. A. B., The Masaryks (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976; Tauris, London/New York, 1990).

Other Sites for Czech Literature in Translation

Small specialist publishers: Twisted Spoon Press | Jantar Publishing | Catbird Press

English-language bookshops in Prague: Globe Café and Bookstore, Pštrossova 6 | Shakespeare and Sons, Krymská 12

Cross Currents (A Yearbook of Central European Culture): complete, indexed, searchable.

Transcript 6 (Czech), and Transcript 22: Archive issues of the Transcript online literary review with useful Czech material.

Last updated: May 2018 (JP)