Uršuľa Kovalyk

photo of Uršuľa Kovalyk by Lucia Gardin

photo by Lucia Gardin

Uršuľa Kovalyk (1969) is a fiction writer and playwright. She is the co-founder and director of Theatre Without a Home, which works with the homeless and the disabled. She is a leading voice in the contemporary feminist literary discourse in Slovakia. Her work focuses on female characters often living unfulfilled and austere lives under the pressure of a patriarchal society, and more recently, on environmental issues and aging. Her works have been translated into nine languages. She has published several collections of short stories and a novel, The Equestrienne (2013), shortlisted for Slovakia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Anasoft Litera Award, which received the Bibliotéka Prize for 2013.  Her most recent collection of short stories, A Pure Animal, appeared in 2018.

Available in English

front cover of Ursula Kovalyk - Night Circus

The Night Circus

and Other Stories

translated by

Julia and Peter Sherwood

front cover of Ursula Kovalyk - The Equestrienne

The Equestrienne

translated by

Julia and Peter Sherwood

front cover of Zero Hours on the Boulevard

featuring the short story

“The Garden”

translated by

Julia and Peter Sherwood

front cover of Into the Spotlight

featuring the short story

“The Night Circus”

translated by

Julia and Peter Sherwood

front cover of Review of Contemporary Fiction

featuring the short story

“Mrs. Agnes’s Bathroom”

translated by

Clarice Cloutier

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