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

17. 09. 2020 17. 10. 2020 The event takes place online

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:

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Lucie Faulerová (*1989) je debutující prozaička. Vystudovala bohemistiku na Univerzitě Palackého v Olomouci, kde je v současné době doktorandkou oboru Teorie literatury. Věnuje se dramaturgii kulturních akcí a produkčně se podílí na projektech české konceptuální umělkyně Kateřiny Šedé. Působí jako redaktorka literární revue Aluze a pracuje také jako redaktorka a korektorka na volné noze. Je spoluautorkou knihy BRNOX. Průvodce brněnským Bronxem, která získala cenu Magnesia Litera za publicistiku 2016. Lapači prachu jsou jejím románovým debutem, který byl nominován na Magnesii Literu za prózu a Cenu Jiřího Ortena pro autory do třiceti let. Kniha byla přeložena do španělštiny a nyní se překládá do němčiny. Na jaře 2020 vyšla její druhá kniha s názvem Smrtholka.

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  • Event title: Stories in Times of Corona: “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear” by Lucie Faulerová
  • Date: 17. 09. 2020 17. 10. 2020
  • Address: The event takes place online

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