Monika Zgustova is an author who has won several major awards (including the “Calamo” and “Amat-Piniella” awards for the best novel of the year, as well as the “Merce Rodoreda” award for short stories) whose literary works (eight books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and a play) have been published in ten languages. Four of her books have been translated into English: Dressed for a Dance in the Snow (Other Press, 2020), The Silent Woman and Goya’s Glass (The Feminist Press-CUNY, 2014 and 2012), and Fresh Mint With Lemon (Open Road, 2013).
She was born in Prague. She lived for five years in the US where she studied comparative literature at the universities of Chicago and Illinois. She currently lives in Barcelona and writes for “El Pais”, “The Nation”, “CounterPunch”, “Granta” and is preparing a column for “The Wall Street Journal”. As a translator of Czech and Russian literature –including Havel, Kundera, Hrabal, Hasek, Capek, Seifert, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Dostoevsky and Babel– Zgustova is credited with bringing major twentieth-century writers into Spanish and Catalan. She got the prestigious “City of Barcelona” (Spain) and “Masaryk” (Czech Republic) awards for her translations. She also worked with a co-author on the Russian-Catalan dictionary.
She has lectured in European universities and cultural centers (in Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, Vienna, Bucharest, Moscow, St Petersburg, Tbilisi, Budapest), as well as in American and Canadian universities (U of Montreal, U of Illinois, U of Michigan, U of Vermont, and Ohio State University, among others), and in Latin America (Mexico, Santiago de Chile).
She has appeared at several international book festivals: Hay Festival, Pen World Voices (NYC), The Festival of Authors (Toronto), and Festival Ñ (Madrid-Malaga), among others.
Her March 2020 book tour, launching Dressed for a Dance in the Snow, will take her to Princeton, the Virginia Festival of Books, and bookstore and library readings in Washington DC (Politics&Prose), Richmond, VA (Fountain Bookstore), and Seattle (Public Library).
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