Michal Hvorecký, Slovakia

Michal Hvorecký was born in 1976 in Bratislava, where he grew up near the Danube River and still lives today. He is a free-lance writer and journalist. He studied Art History and the Aesthetics Theory at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra in Slovakia. His writings have appeared, among other places, in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the “Zeit”; in 2009 he was awarded the International Journalists‘ Prize in Berlin. In 2010 he was awarded the Tatra Banka Foundation Award for Art. He writes books for adults and for children, translates prose and plays from German and is an active supporter of reading promotion, of freedom of the press, and an activist against all anti-democratic developments in his home country.

Michal Hvorecký’s books have been translated into several languages. At present five novels, two short stories and his oversize, richly illustrated children’s book “Danube. A magical river” have been translated into German. An important impetus for his work on the latter is the growing extinction of animal species in Europe’s largest river.

The events with Michal Hvorecký are moderated by Katja Wiebe, the specialist for Slavic and Baltic literature in the International Youth Library.

Zu „Donau. Ein magischer Fluss“ von Michal Hvorecký

© Foto: Martina Simkovicova