Nordic literary salon online: Temporary

The first guest of the new series of debates with translators, Nordic literary salon, is the translator from Finnish Vladimír Piskoř. The topic is Rosa Liksom’s book Temporary (Väliaikainen, 2014). Moderated by Michal Švec. The debate is going to be streamed on our Facebook page on Tuesday 24th of November 2020 from 20.00, afterwards it is going to be available on our Youtube channel, too.

Free admission, no reservation needed.

The collection of short stories Temporary (Väliaikainen, 2014) is full of dark humour and irony, and the stories themselves are sometimes described from a rather unusual perspective. A taxi driver that likes to tell horror stories, a poacher wishing for just a small recognition from the society, a woman with thirteen brooms and thirteen phones or a man whose chainsaw has been stolen by a bear: such are the heroes of the stories from this book. Each story presents a very personal point of view, often spiced up with pinch of absurdity.

Vladimír Piskoř is one of the most prominent Czech translators from Finnish. He studied the Finnish and Russian language at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University, and afterwards worked as a redactor. He has been translating since 1990, later specialising in contemporary Finnish prose. His translations include works of Kristina Carlson, Kari Hotakainen, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Rosa Liksom, Minna Lindgren, Katri Lipson, Asko Sahlberg, Juha Seppälä, Antti Tuomainen and many others. Vladimír Piskoř has twice been awarded by the Czech Literary Translators’ Guild (in the years 2005 and 2011). In 2012, he was awarded the Finnish national prize for translating and promoting Finnish literature.

The partner of the event are the Czech translators of the North – an organisation uniting the translators from the Nordic languages in the Czech Republic.

The event takes place as a part of the literary project of the Scandinavian House in Prague, which has in the year 2020 been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague Municipality and Statutory City Brno.