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Lucie Faulerová, born in 1989, is a writer, editor and aspiring screenwriter. She graduated in Czech studies from the Palacký University in Olomouc. She attracted the attention of readers and critics with her debut novel, Lapači prachu (Dust Catchers), which was nominated for the 2017 Magnesia Litera Award for prose and the Jiří Orten Award for authors up to 30 years old. The book was published in Spanish in 2020, and a German translation will be published soon. With the prominent Czech conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá, Lucie co-authored the book BRNOX – Průvodce brněnským Bronxem (BRNOX – A guide to Brno’s Bronx), about a socially disadvantaged area of Brno. It won the 2016 Magnesia Litera Award for journalism. In 2020, Faulerová published her new novel Smrtholka (Deathmaiden), a family mosaic about three siblings and the desire to live your own life in spite of darkness. The book is currently being translated into Spanish and has been nominated for the 2021 Magnesia Litera Award for prose, the winner of which will be announced on 8 June 2021. In 2020, she participated in the Czech Center New York programme Stories in Times of Corona, contributing with the short story ‘Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear’.

 

 

EUPL Year 2021 | Winning Book

SMRTHOLKA (DEATHMAIDEN)

 

A woman in her 20s has to cope with a family tragedy that almost destroys her. How can she survive after her sister commits suicide? This poetic literary work wraps a traumatic theme in gentle humour. A train rolls on. Inside, alone in the compartment, a young woman is sitting, wounded in body and soul. She is looking at the landscape outside the window, thinking about her family, reminiscing about cheerful moments spent with her late sister. Why did she do it? No one knows. Marie, the protagonist of the novel, blames herself for her sister’s death. Tormenting thoughts. The wheels spin, the train rattles and sighs, the landscape passes. Marie, the traveller, thinks about all possible methods of suicide, but also about how to cope with life and its tragedies, how to live well in spite of every injury. Could some New Age spirituality perhaps be of any help? As the story goes on, a chain of suicide attempts unwinds, with Marie always hesitant enough to survive.

 

 

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