Alex Zucker

Translation, Editing, Communications

The Devil’s Workshop

by Jáchym Topol (2013, Portobello Books)

—2013 English PEN Award for Writing in Translation
—2013 Typographical Translation Award
—2014 Best Translated Book Award Fiction Longlist

The Devil’s Workshop is a miracle of compression, its scope greater than ought to be possible for a book of its length. It should help to cement Jáchym Topol’s reputation as one of the most original and compelling European voices at work today.”
TLS

“A strange, twisted novel that sees the citizens of a former concentration camp town turn it into a tourist hit... the humour turns so treacly black it almost chokes you.”
“Blending fact and fiction, Topol’s darkly comic novel, lucidly translated by Alex Zucker, is a hard-hitting exploration of two nations bedevilled by past horrors.”

Selected Works

Fiction
“. . . a book sure to dazzle and please a great many readers.” – Wall Street Journal
“. . . should help to cement Jáchym Topol’s reputation as one of the most original and compelling European voices at work today.”
Times Literary Supplement
“. . . a gleeful skewering of the Czech national character and a character-rich, dialogue-sassy send-up colored by a lingering Communist legacy.”
Publishers Weekly
“. . . an acutely observed account — compelling despite its grimness — of the lives of its semi-nomadic subjects.”
Times Literary Supplement