Irena Dousková
  • novelist, short-story writer, poet and playwright
  • author of eleven books of fiction
  • more than 100,000 copies of her books sold in the Czech Republic alone

Irena Dousková’s books have been published in seventeen languages: Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, with the rights sold to Armenia.

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.

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