Jiří Kratochvil
  • novelist, author of short stories, novels, essays and columns, playwright – author of theatre and radio plays
  • author of 28 works of fiction

Jiří Kratochvil’s books have been published in 18 languages: Arabian, Belarussian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, with the rights sold to Ukraine and Finland.

The author has received many domestic literary prizes:
Tom Stoppard Prize (1991), Czech Booksellers' Prize (1993), Literární noviny Prize (1993), Egon Hostovský Prize (1996), Karel Čapek Prize (1998), Jaroslav Seifert Prize (1999), Magnesia Litera (2020)

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