Alex Zucker is an award-winning translator of Czech literature. He also works in editing and communications. From 2014 to 2016, he served as cochair of the PEN America Translation Committee.
In November, Alex’s newest translation, the Petra Hůlová novel Three Plastic Rooms, will be published by Jantar. See Petra Hůlová at the official launch of Three Plastic Rooms Nov. 21 in London, at Waterstones Gower Street. Also, Alex will be appearing together with her, in Prague, Nov. 16, at Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore and Cafe.
In May, Alex’s translation of Angel Station, a novel by Jáchym Topol, was published by Dalkey Archive Press. Alex will be appearing with Jáchym Topol Nov. 30 at the Knihovna Václava Havla in Prague.
Also in May, Alex’s translation of the Jana Šrámková children’s story “Dagesh and Mappiq Are Friends” appeared in Quest: Stories of Journeys From Around Europe, published by Alma Junior.
Currently, Alex is translating the play Debt, by Marek Hejduk, as well as notes by Vincenc Kramář for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art, and editing for the Czech Film Center.
In 2016, Alex published three translations: Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life by Josef Jedlička (Karolinum Press); Love Letter in Cuneiform by Tomáš Zmeškal (Margellos World Republic of Letters at Yale University Press); and The Attempt by Magdaléna Platzová (Bellevue Literary Press).
His last major editing project was Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, published by Cambridge University Press.
Awards and Recognition
- ALTA National Translation Award
- National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship
- English PEN Award for Writing in Translation
- Typographical Translation Award
Press and Media Mentions
- Kirkus on Jáchym Topol’s Angel Station
- TLS on Tomáš Zmeškal’s Love Letter in Cuneiform
- TLS on Josef Jedlička’s Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life
- Magdaléna Platzová’s The Attempt in “75 Notable Translations of 2016” at World Literature Today
- Wall Street Journal on Heda Margolius Kovály’s Innocence
- NPR on Heda Margolius Kovály’s Innocence
- Interview, “Translating Fact into Fiction”
- Interview, “The thrilling, tricky art of translation”
- Interview, “Translators, Rates, Money, and Unions”
- Interview, “Alex Zucker and His Authors”