Markéta Pilátová

I am a writer, journalist and translator from Spanish and Portuguese. My books have won the Golden Ribbon Award and the SUK Children's Heart Award and the beProud Award. I have been nominated three times for the Magnesia Litera Award and the Josef Škvorecký Award.  I write for adults and children.

Two children's books have been included in the prestigious international catalogue The White Raven and in the Czech catalogue The Best Children's Books.

My novels have been translated into twelve world languages. When I am not writing books, I read from them to Czech and foreign readers in libraries, schools and festivals.

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I am a writer, translator and journalist Markéta Pilátová (1973) graduated in Romance Studies and History at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc, where she worked as an assistant professor for six years. For two years she worked as a lecturer of Czech at the Department of Slavonic Studies in Granada, Spain, and then went to Argentina and Brazil for 12 years, where she taught the descendants of Czech compatriots. In Latin America she began writing novels and children's books, strongly inspired by the local environment and the stories of Czech exiles.

As a journalist, she writes mainly for the weekly Respekt, where she was also employed for some time. She currently resides permanently in the Czech Republic. She is the author of a number of novels, short story books, poems and twelve children's books. Among the best known are Yellow Eyes Lead Home (2007), Tsunami Blues (2014) and With Bata in the Jungle (2017). The author's most recent work to date is the novel Sensibil, published in 2020 by Torst, and the children's book Baba Bedla. Markéta Pilátová is one of the most translated contemporary Czech writers, her books have been translated into twelve languages.