The Lake

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Pub Date 11 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022

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A dystopian page-turner about the coming of age of a young hero, which won the 2017 EU Prize for Literature. A fishing village at the end of the world. A lake that is drying up and, ominously, pushing out its banks. The men have vodka, the women troubles, the children eczema to scratch at. Born into this unforgiving environment, Nami, a young boy, embarks on a journey with nothing but a bundle of nerves, a coat that was once his grandfather’s, and the vague idea of searching for his mother, who disappeared from his life at a young age. To uncover the greatest mystery of his life, he must sail across and walk around the lake, and finally dive to its bottom. The Lake is a raw account of life in a devastated land and the harsh, primitive circumstances under which people fight to survive.

A dystopian page-turner about the coming of age of a young hero, which won the 2017 EU Prize for Literature. A fishing village at the end of the world. A lake that is drying up and, ominously...


A Note From the Publisher

Bianca Bellová was born in Prague and grew-up as the communist regime of Czechoslovakia began to fracture. This background provided the material for her first book, Sentimental Novel. She has since written four further novels and worked as both a translator and interpreter.
The Lake won the Czech national Magnesia Litera Book of the Year Award and European Prize for Literature. It has been translated into over twenty languages.

Alex Zucker has translated novels by the Czech authors Bianca Bellová, Petra Hůlová, Jáchym Topol, J. R. Pick, Magdaléna Platzová, Tomáš Zmeškal, Josef Jedlička, Heda Margolius Kovály, Patrik Ouředník, and Miloslava Holubová. He has also Englished stories, plays, subtitles, young adult and children’s books, song lyrics, reportages, essays, poems, philosophy, art history, and an opera. His translation of Petra Hůlová’s Three Plastic Rooms and Jáchym Topol’s The Devil’s Workshop received Writing in Translation awards from English PEN, and in 2010 he won the National Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association for his translation of Petra Hůlová’s debut novel, All This Belongs to Me. Alex is a past cochair of the Translation Committee at PEN America, and his collaboration with the Authors Guild has thus far resulted in the first national survey of working conditions for literary translators in the U.S., the creation of a Translators Group within the Guild, and the Guild’s first model contract for literary translation. More at alexjzucker.com.

Bianca Bellová was born in Prague and grew-up as the communist regime of Czechoslovakia began to fracture. This background provided the material for her first book, Sentimental Novel. She has since...


Advance Praise

Winer of European Union Prize for Literature

Translated into over 20 languages

First English Translation by award-winning translator Alex Zucker

Awarded with the Magnesia Litera Prize as Best Book of 2016

‘The fresh water of Czech literature’ – Hospodářské Noviny

‘One of the most remarkable books of the last years.’ – Mladá Fronta dnes

‘A criticism of the Soviet Union, of extinction, of the modern world. Written in such colourful way that one at times seems the stand in front of Andrej Tarkovsky’s camera.’ – Krájské Listy

Winer of European Union Prize for Literature

Translated into over 20 languages

First English Translation by award-winning translator Alex Zucker

Awarded with the Magnesia Litera Prize as Best Book of...


Marketing Plan

The book is part of Parthian's Carnival of Voices Creative Europe programme. The author will visit the UK in the early Summer of 2022 as part of a Czech Arts supported reading tour. Preview copies are now available.


The book is part of Parthian's Carnival of Voices Creative Europe programme. The author will visit the UK in the early Summer of 2022 as part of a Czech Arts supported reading tour. Preview copies...


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This book is in evocative coming of age story with a strong female lead. I enjoyed the story immensely and was completely mesmerized by its spell. I highly recommend this book.

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