Petr Šesták
  • prose writer
  • author of five books


Petr Šesták was born in 1981 into a Czech-Jewish family in the Sudetenland of south Moravia. He is a graduate in Czech from the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague. After he tried his luck in London, love led him to Paris. He went on to teach Czech in Lviv, Ukraine. He has written screenplays for a travel show broadcast on Czech Television and was involved in its filming in Mongolia and islands of the French West Indies. For two years, he lived in a motor home as he travelled about Europe with a mobile exhibition of photographs. His experiences of the nomadic life are captured in the poetic, philosophical travel book A Nomad’s Gallery / Kočovná galerie (Paper Jam, 2014). His volume of short stories The Hunt / Štvanice (Dauphin, 2015) also draws on his stays abroad.

His third book, Continuity in the Park / Kontinuita parku (Host, 2021), attracted excellent reviews and resonated very strongly with readers. In parallel with his new work, novelistic pamphlet about the life of humans in a world of cars Burnout / Vyhoření, the author will be presenting this autumn his book for children The Road Is A Dog / Cesta je pes, also published by Host.

Petr Šesták now lives mainly in Prague. He runs an analogue photo booth and organizes cultural events a small border town.