Irena Dousková

Irena Dousková born 1964
novelist, short-story writer, poet and playwright

author of 9 books of fiction

author of bestsellers B. Proudew / Hrdý Budžes and Oněgin Was a Rusky / Oněgin byl Rusák

A master storyteller of attractive tales of human fates and relationships set in both past and present, writing very readable books mostly full of humour. She is a unique and distinctive author who has mastered the art of observation and characterisation; this mastery is seen to greatest effect in her typically apt ironic shortcuts and dialogues. 

The works of Irena Dousková have been published in nine languages - English, German, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenian, Belarussian, Spanish (in Mexico) and Bosnian. Rights are sold to Croatia and Latvia.

Her loose trilogy following the life of Helena Součková – Hrdý Budžes, Oněgin byl Rusák and Darda has enjoyed the greatest popularity. All three books have been adapted for stage by the author, and all these productions are still running successfully at Czech theatres. For her starring role in Hrdý Budžes, which has now seen more than six hundred performances, Barbora Hrzánová has been awarded the highest Czech drama prize – the Thalie Award.


Irena Dousková was born in 1964 in Příbram. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University, but never entered the legal profession. She has worked for the most part as a journalist, as well as a librarian and a dramaturge at a cultural centre. Since 2006 she has made a living from writing books, dramas and filmscripts. She lives in Prague.

Selected bibliography

Goldstein Writes to his Daughter / Goldstein píše dceři
B. Proudew / Hrdý Budžes
Someone With a Knife / Někdo s nožem
Doctor Kott Wonders / Doktor Kott přemítá
Why This Night Is Different / Čím se liší tato noc
Onegin was a Rusky / Oněgin byl Rusák
White Elephants / O bílých slonech
Darda / Darda
Bear Dance / Medvědí tanec