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Prague Noir (Czech Republic)

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The noir quotient of this legendary Eastern European city will enthrall and terrify readers from across the globe.

Forthcoming: 2/6/18

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“Murder and mayhem erupt, even in fairy-tale Prague. Editor Mandys maintains that it may be hard to imagine dark doings taking place virtually in the shadow of Prague Castle, yet he manages to harvest 14 artful tales that speak directly to the contrary. Although there are few standard whodunits, Prague’s long history provides fertile ground for evildoers . . . Perhaps nowhere but Prague do vice and enchantment live at such close quarters, and Mandys’ collection captures both beautifully. A lovely addition to Akashic’s venerable series.”
Kirkus Reviews


Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.

Brand-new stories by: Chaim Cigan, Martin Goffa, Irena Hejdová, Michaela Klevisová, Štěpán Kopřiva, Ondrej Neff, Markéta Pilátová, Jirí “Walker” Procházka, Petra Soukupová, Petr Stančík, Michal Sýkora, Petr Šabach, Kateřina Tučková, and Miloš Urban.

While Prague might today be one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and a cosmopolitan capital of European culture, it remains an open-air monument to a history of violence. Here, Prague’s top writers explore the hidden corners of the “City of a Hundred Spires,” pulling back the curtain to reveal gloom and despair.

From the introduction by Pavel Mandys:

How to write noir in a city where, until 1990, the profession of private detective hadn’t existed? Where the censors insisted on portraying police in the media and literature in a positive light? Where freelance organized crime hadn’t existed, but where the largest criminal group was the secret police? Before you delve into the fourteen stories in this collection, a heads-up: most of the stories owe their allegiance more to Prague than the noir genre . . . but if the concept of “noir” is extended, and considered a characterization of literary works containing elements of crime, danger, threat—or where central characters find themselves in critical life situations—then you will find fourteen such stories in this collection.

Read a feature on the Czech-language edition of Prague Noir at Radio Praha.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 2/6/18
  • IBSN: 9781617755293
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756078


PAVEL MANDYS is a Czech journalist, book critic, and organizer of the annual Czech book award Magnesia Litera. He is the author of Prague: City of Literature and currently lives in the Prague neighborhood of Smichov. He is the editor of Prague Noir.

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