Jiří Kratochvil

Jiří Kratochvil born 1940
novelist, author of short stories, novels, essays and columns, playwright – author of theatre and radio plays 

“Kratochvil’s works of prose are the greatest events in Czech literature since 1989.” 
Milan Kundera


Jiří Kratochvil started publishing his works as early as the late 1960’s, but for the next twenty years, he appeared in samizdat only as he was not allowed to publish officially. After the fall of the communist regime, he soon became one of the most translated contemporary Czech authors: the work of Jiří Kratochvil has been already published in 13 languages (Spanish, German, French, Italian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Russian, Croatian, Hungarian, Serbian, Polish, Arabian and Dutch), and the translation is pending in Belarus and Japan too. The author has received many domestic literary prizes.

the author is represented in many antologies, f. e. in the Best European Fiction 2012, anthology published by Dalkey Archive Press, USA, more here

Selected bibliography

A Bear’s Novel / Medvědí román
Singing in the Middle of the Night / Uprostřed nocí zpěv
Orfeus from Koenig / Orfeus z Kénigu
O Postmodern, My Love / Má lásko, postmoderno
Avion / Avion
Siamese Story / Siamský příběh
Immortal Story / Nesmrtelný příběh
Nocturnal Tango / Noční tango
Ur-Bear / Urmedvěd
Despondent God / Truchlivý Bůh
Declaration of Love to/from the Nature of the Story / Vyznání příběhovosti
Nostalgic and Ironic Brno / Brno nostalgické i ironické
Lie Down, Beast! / Lehni, bestie!
Lady Carnival / Lady Carneval
Actor / Herec
Stories of the Town of Brno / Brněnské povídky
The Promise (Requiem for the Fifties) / Slib (rekviem na padesátá léta)
Femme fatale / Femme fatale
Circular-Drive Hunt / Kruhová leč
Good Night, Sweet Dreams / Dobrou noc, sladké sny
Alpha Centauri / Alfa Centauri
Flea Market / Bleší trh
The Bed Is Unmade (New Brno Tales) / Lůžko je rozestlané (Nové brněnské povídky)