The twelfth laureate of the literary Franz Kafka Prize
On Monday, 21 May 2012, at its meeting at the headquarters of the Franz Kafka Society, the international expert jury selected the twelfth laureate of the literary Franz Kafka Prize, namely the Czech writer Daniela Hodrová (born in Prague in 1946).
The international literary Franz Kafka Prize has been awarded by the Franz Kafka Society since 2001. Its laureates so far include Philip Roth, Ivan Klíma, Péter Nádas, Elfriede Jelinek, Harold Pinter, Haruki Murakami, Yves Bonnefoy, Arnošt Lustig, Peter Handke, Václav Havel and John Banville.
This year, the jury included Petr Demetz, André Derval, Marianne Gruber, Oldřich Král, Kurt Krolop, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Jiří Stránský and Hans Dieter Zimmermann; the laureate was selected by secret ballot.
Daniela Hodrová was born into an artistically focused family in Prague in 1946. Having completed her studies of languages (Russian, Czech, French) and comparative literature at Charles University in Prague, she worked as an editor at the Odeon publishing house. Since the mid-1970s, she has been doing research work in the field of literary theory at academic scientific institutes in the Czech Republic. She is the author of literary-science work: monographs (e.g. Hledání románu /Search for a Novel/, 1989), studies and translations (e.g. Román jako dialog M. Bachtina /The Dialogic Imagination by M. Bakhtin/, 1980). Her books of fiction and essays, in particular the novel trilogy Trýznivé město – Podobojí, Kukly and Théta (The Agonising City – Under Both Species, Hoods and Theta) from the 1990s, have been translated into French, German and Polish. In 2011, she received the State Prize for Literature of the Ministry of Culture of the CR.
The partner of the Franz Kafka Society in organising the Franz Kafka Prize is the Capital City of Prague; the award ceremony regularly takes place under the patronage of the President of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and the Lord Mayor of the Capital City of Prague. Its mission is to award artistically exceptional literary production of a contemporary author whose work addresses readers regardless of their origin, nationality and culture, like the work by Franz Kafka, one of the greatest authors of modern world literature. The Prize is presented for the entire work so far of the author. The prize will be presented at a ceremony on 23 October 2012 in the Brožík Hall of Old Town Hall in Prague. The laudatio will be given by a member of the jury, Prof. Oldřich Král.
24 May 2012
Franz Kafka Society and Centre