Jiří Kratochvil

Jiří Kratochvil (1940) is a Czech writer. His published his first short stories in the journal Plamen (The Flame) , after being blacklisted in the nineteen seventies his writing could appear only in samizdat. Following 1989 he published several books, including the novels Avion and Medvědí román (The Bear Novel) that later appeared in French and German translation. He received a number of literary awards, including the 1999 Jaroslav Seifert award.

It’’s too late now

My life began in the Reichsprotektorat Böhmen und Mähren and I am likely to end my days in the Czech Republic.  As it happens, at the start and at the end of my life there it was an entity from which Slovakia has been cut off. However, the majority of my life took place in Czechoslovakia. Does that make me feel a Czech or a Czechoslovak? I would say that things are more complicated, especially in my case. Let me explain. My grandfather on my mother’’s side was a Ukrainian. His name was Žyla and he was the grandson of […]