Friday, December 20, 2013

The Devil’s Workshop Wins 2013 Typographical Translation Award

This morning the website Typographical Era announced that the winner of the 2013 Typographical Translation Award is Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop, translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker and published by Portobello Books.


We are extremely excited and grateful, and extend thanks to everyone who voted for the book. Of course we also hope you will pick up a copy of The Devil’s Workshop and read it!

Here are the results of the voting, from both the final and preliminary rounds: http://bit.ly/1drfxxN.

Thank you, too, to Typographical Era for holding the poll and helping to raise the profile of literature in translation. As they wrote, all of the books that were nominated are impressive works, so whichever you read, you can’t go wrong.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Topol on Tolstoy at 2paragraphs

Jáchym Topol, author of The Devil’s Workshop, is featured this week in the 2paragraphs International Writers Interview.


Topol, along with 20 other celebrated writers from around the world — including Ben Okri, Kamila Shamsie, Eduardo Galeano, and Valeria Luiselli — responds to the following:

Tolstoy wrote: “I know that my unity with all people cannot be destroyed by national boundaries.” Is a similar belief essential in your work? Or are cultural and national distinctions a critical component of your voice? Who do you write for?

Read Topol’s answer here: http://2paragraphs.com/celebs/jachym-topol/.

Look for Topol’s new novel, Nightwork, out in May from Portobello Books, translated by Marek Tomin.

And don’t forget to vote for The Devil’s Workshop in the finals for the Typographical Translation Award! (You can vote till this Thursday, December 19. The winner will be announced on Friday.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

World Literature Today Names Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop “Notable” for 2013

World Literature Today yesterday named Alex Zucker’s translation of Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop (Portobello Books) to its second annual list of “the year’s most exciting translations,” 75 Notable Translations 2013.



WLT, founded as Books Abroad in 1927, is published out of the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, OK.

If you’re reading this we hope you’ll vote for The Devil’s Workshop in the finals for the Typographical Translation Award. Voting is open till Dec. 19. The winner will be announced Dec. 20.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop Advances to Finals at Typographical Era

Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop has advanced from the initial round of 20 to the final field of 8 in the running for the 2013 Typographical Translation Award. Vote for it here.


Voting is open until December 19, and the winner will be announced December 20. This is the first year Typographical Era has granted the award.

Vote for Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop now!