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Sep 17, 2020 - Oct 17, 2020

Stories in Times of Corona: “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” by Lucie Faulerová

Czech Center New York is thrilled to launch a short story by Lucie Faulerová, “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” – written exclusively for Czech Center New York as part of the ongoing literary series of short stories by Czech authors written during the pandemic for the Czech Centers. The short story is available to read for free and to listen to as an audiobook on the Czech Center website.

Interested to know what’s on the mind of contemporary Czech authors during these challenging times? The Czech Center is proud to present the world premiere of Lucie Faulerová’s short story “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” in English translation by Meghan Forbes, available in both readable and audio versions.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable global impact on society, culture, economy, and all aspects of our daily lives. The cultural sphere, having been affected by the imposed pandemic restrictions, has had to adapt and has given rise to new formats and subjects of art. While many events have had to be cancelled or postponed, including book fairs, festivals, literary readings, and book launches, the pandemic has not put a stop to the creative process. For some if not most writers, the current circumstances have been a source of inspiration for new contemporary works that reflect the day-to-day reality of 2020. Literary texts created during and about the COVID-19 pandemic will live on as testimony of these unusual, extraordinary times in which we all find ourselves.

The Czech Center is thrilled to feature the work of Lucie Faulerová, who continues the strong tradition of Czech short story writers with a unique flair of her own. The featured short story, “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,” examines the aspects, nuances, and tension of a mother-daughter relationship, and how life is all about people losing touch and finding their way back to each other again. Taking place in California during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020, the story humorously and poignantly takes the reader on an unusual road trip, including a trip down memory lane. Do the protagonist Zuzana and her mother make it to their intended and desired destination? In a way, yes and no. You’ll just have to read the story to find out for yourself.

You can read the story (trans. by Meghan Forbes) here:





You can listen to the story here:



Lucie Faulerová. Photo by: Martin Krejčí

Lucie Faulerová, born in 1989, is a Czech author who graduated in Czech studies from Palacký University in Olomouc, where she is currently a postgraduate student in literary theory. She works as a curator of cultural events and cooperates with the conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá. She is also an editor of the Czech literary magazine Aluze and works as a freelance editor and proofreader. BRNOX: A Guide to Brno’s Bronx (2016), about a socially disadvantaged neighborhood in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city, co-authored by Lucie Faulerová and Kateřina Šedá, won the 2016 Magnesia Litera Award for journalism. Lapači prachu (Dust Collectors), Faulerová’s debut novel, came out in 2017 and was nominated for the Magnesia Litera Award for fiction and the Jiří Orten Prize (for Czech authors under thirty). Her second novel titled Smrtholka (Deathmaiden) was published this spring (Torst, 2020). 


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