Michal Ajvaz


Born
in Prague, Czech Republic
October 30, 1949

Influences
Jorge Luis Borges


Michal Ajvaz is a Czech novelist, essayist, poet, and translator. He is a researcher at Prague's Center for Theoretical Studies. In addition to fiction, he has published an essay on Derrida, a book-length meditation on Borges, and a philosophical study on the act of seeing. In 2005, he was awarded the Jaroslav Seifert Prize for his novel Prázdné ulice (Empty Streets).

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The Other City

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The Golden Age

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Lucemburská zahrada

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Podróż na Południe

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Empty Streets

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Tyrkysový orel

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Návrat starého varana

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Vražda starého varana

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Města

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“There is an endless chain of cities, a circle without beginning or end, over which there breaks unrelentingly a shifting wave of laws. There is the city-jungle and the city where people live in the pillars of tall viaducts that crisscross each other in countless overpasses and underpasses, the city of sounds and nothing else, the city in the swamp, the city of smooth white balls rolling on concrete, the city comprising apartments spread across several continents, the city where sculptures fall endlessly from dark clouds and smash on the paving stones, the city where the moon’s path passes through the insides of apartments. All cities are mutually the center and periphery, beginning and end, capital and colony of each other.”
Michal Ajvaz, The Other City

“When on the island I sometimes imagined an inverse world, in which concert halls would be turned over to the sounds of rain and the rustling of winds while in the treetops and on the weirs and behind the walls of factories, sonatas and symphonies would ring out; in a world such as this the damp on the plastering of walls would probably form coherent text while the pages of books would be covered with indistinct marks.”
Michal Ajvaz, The Golden Age

“Nevím," řekla Irina. "Nepřipadalo mi, že se s Claiřinou temnou řekou něco změnilo. Je možné, že Claire přestane slyšet její šumění, že se od ní navždycky osvobodí. Ale já si nemyslím, že se to stane. Řekla bych, že představa, že musí nastat buď katastrofa, nebo mír, se ve tvé hlavě zrodila z předsudku, kterým všichni trpíme, z přesvědčení, že věci musí mít nějaký konec. Ale ony nemusí mít konec, ani šťastný, ani nešťastný, a obvykle ho nemají, to jen lidi mají zvyk prohlásit některý okamžik plynutí za konec, protože to takhle je v televizi." (148)”
Michal Ajvaz, Lucemburská zahrada

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