- ISBN 978 0 7206 1311 7
The Seven Churches
by Milos Urban, translated from the Czech by Robert Russell
Translated into eleven languages and a runaway bestseller in Spain as well as the Czech Republic, The Seven Churches – by the 'dark knight of Czech literature', Milos Urban – is a bloody, atmospheric modern classic of crime literature and one of the most haunting and terrifying thrillers to come out of Europe in years. Written in the spirit of the sensation story but with rich Gothic overtones, The Seven Churches is set in the medieval Nove Mesto (New Town) of Prague, a quarter with seven Gothic churches. Here the narrator, known simply as K, witnesses a bizarre accident followed by a series of mysterious murders. This event triggers a series of meetings with Gothic characters who appear to be trying to reconstruct the medieval 'golden age' of Prague in the reign of Charles IV under the noses if its modern-day inhabitants. The first English translation by Robert Russell of Urban's signature work is one of the events in foreign fiction this year.
Miloš Urban (b. 1967) grew up in Bohemia, lived for a time in London and now resides in Prague where he makes his living writing and translating literature – having translated authors such as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Julian Barnes from English into Czech – as well as working as an editor in a publishing house. Dubbed the ‘dark knight of Czech literature’, Urban is a writer of power and imagination whose acclaimed Gothic mysteries are set primarily against the backdrop of the city of Prague.