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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

Longlist, 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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.”


“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.”