Simon Mawer

is a novelist. His books include: Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics (2006) and The Glass Room (2009). Both books derive their inspiration from the Czech city of Brno.


British author Simon Mawer has used the history of Brno and the personalities connected with the city in two of his novels. His latest, The Glass Room, loosely based on the story of Mies van der Rohe’s famous Villa Tugendhat, was recently published in Czech to a very favourable reception. It would, however, be a mistake to connect Simon Mawer with only one book and one theme. Marek Seckar talks with the writer about real and literary buildings, Brno, and about art, science and uncertainty.

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