Marketa Mathauser Malinova is the co-author of Bohemian Taboo Stories, to which she contributed five chapters. She is the author of Exlibris, Little Fetish Shop, Freya, Riwaa Nerona and Roticon.
She says: "I owe a lot to my parents. Most of all, they let me BE. Although I often cursed this freedom of decision-making later in life and gave it the label of 'parental disinterest', in the end the label says 'freedom'. The only thing they made me stay with was playing the piano. 14 years old. To this day, we still have an ambiguous relationship with the piano. I love the sound of it and am irresistibly drawn to it, but at the same time I can't make it serve me as words obediently do.Once I learned to read, there was a lifetime of gobbling and hardship when there was nothing to gobble. That's why I read everything that came under my eyes first. I was fascinated by the power of words and the marches a text could stir within me. Periodically, a stack of books would land on my bedside table in my room without introduction and I would pounce on them. They weren't titles specifically chosen for my age, so in high school, for example, when we were discussing Meyrink, I discovered that I had actually read him ten years earlier. When my friends discovered Bukowski, John, Coelho, I had already read their books several times. So maybe I learned something earlier than I should have, according to popular opinion, but I had. They were all powerful stories and shaped me for years. The deeper the authors went in their thoughts and feelings, the more they stayed with me. During my years of searching for stories, messages, life truths that resonate with my core, that tell the story the way I want to tell it, that can change me, move me further along my path, I suddenly came across the Bohemian Taboo project. And why not the cliché at the end: it was love at first sight."