Born in 1986, Zuzana Kultánová studied Czech language and literature. After finishing her studies she worked as a project manager in marketing and wrote literary criticism for various literary magazines and journals. Currently, she is on maternity leave and is taking care of her little son. For her debut novel, Augustin Zimmemann, she received the Jiří Orten Award for authors under the age of 30 in 2016. In the following year she was nominated for the literary prize Magnesia Litera Dilia in the “Discovery of the Year” category.
Currently she is working as a freelance editor and writing her second book. Zuzana Kultánová lives in Prague.
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Publisher: Kniha Zlín, 2016
Awarded by the Jiří Orten Prize in 2016.
Augustin Zimmermann, the main protagonist of this novel which takes place in the 1860s, represents an almost archetypal model of an unhappy person. While the world around him is productive and prosperous during the Industrial Revolution, his family is struggling with an existential crisis exacerbated by his alcoholism and hopeless attempts to succeed in this new world. Augustin’s uncertain past, strange unease and deceitful nature cast a dark shadow on his entire family, which is spiralling into increasing despair and falling to the bottom of the social hierarchy from which there is no escape. The story culminates tragically in Prague’s Josefov quarter, a place of misery, which for centuries was a Jewish ghetto.
This debut novella is inspired by the true story of Augustin Zimmermann and his children. However, the author, Zuzana Kultánová, uses historical events and the backdrop of old Prague to capture a timeless story about the foolish desire of the main character to break free from his nature and dark passions, which led to many fateful mistakes.
An exceptional and uncompromising novel.
Aleš Palán, Hospodářské noviny
Augustin Zimmermann is an exceedingly good debut novella […] The author’s diverse style is full of naturalism and a number of imaginative analogies, yet it retains its clarity.
Petr Nagy, Host 8/2016