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Awards: Czech Book Award 2017 (both the main prize and the Students' award), Databaze knih Award (Book of the Year 2017 and New Book of 2017) Foreign editions: Slovenian (Mohorjeva Druzba, 2019), Latvian (Izdevnieciba Petergalis, 2019), Polish (Amaltea, 2019), Bulgarian (SONM, 2019), Croatian (Hena Com, 2019) Rights sold to: Macedonia (ArtConnect), Hungary (Szlav Textus), Slovakia (Aktuell), Italy (Keller Editore), United Kingdom (Parthian Books), Syria (Ninawa), Greece (Alexandria), Austria (Wieser Verlag)

About the Author

Alena Mornstajnova (1963) is a Czech fiction writer and translator. She wrote four novels and one book for children. Alena Mornstajnova studied English and Czech at Ostrava University. For years, she worked as English teacher. She also translates from English. She made her debut in 2013 with the novel Slepa mapa (Blind Map), and her second novel Hotylek (The Little Hotel) came out in 2015. It was primarily due to her third novel, Hana, from 2017 that Alena Mornstajnova became one of the most popular contemporary Czech writers. Up to now, Hana has been published in five languages, and eight more foreign editions are under preparation just now, including English, German and Italian. Alena Mornstajnova has won several awards: among others, her novel Hana received the 2018 Czech Book Award and became the 2017 Book of the Year on the website Databaze knih (Database of Books). Her latest novel Tiche roky (Years of Silence, 2019) went to the top of the national bestseller list immediately after publication. In total, more than 250,000 copies of the author's books have been sold in the Czech Republic. Alena Mornstajnova lives in Valasske Mezirici.

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