Fictive character from Jaroslav Hašek’s works, especially from the four-part novel The Good Soldier Švejk (Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka, 1921–1923), which became a part of Czech literary tradition. The most famous visual representation of Švejk was created by the illustrator Josef Lada.
Theoretician and aesthetician, a leading figure of Czech left Avant-Garde, sociologist of architecture, fine artist, literary critic, publicist and translator. He was a founder of Poetism and pioneered the acceptance of Surrealism.
Poet, journalist and translator, preeminent representative of the post-symbolistic generation of poets. Rejected the security of a bourgeois life in favour of artistic independence.
Poet, prose writer, dramatist, songwriter, journalist and translator of Native American myths. Son of the poet and dramatist Josef Topol. A distinguished figure of Czech underground of the 1980s and one of the most distinctive and most important contemporary Czech prose writers. His novels have been translated into several languages.
Playwright, director, actor, translator, writer and journalist who devoted virtually his entire life to theatre. After 1918, the poem Where is my home? (Kde domov můj?) became a part of the national anthem.
The first Czech art society, in which writers, fine artists and musicians could meet from the 1860s.
Prose writer, poet and screenwriter, who became known for his psychological novels about power and its abuse, but ended his career as the author of the best known 1950s Czechoslovak socialist realist novels.
Versified defence of Czech Catholicism, named Václav, Havel a Tábor or Discourse on Bohemia in 1424 (Václav, Havel a Tábor čili rozmlouvání o Čechách roku 1424) by its first publisher František Palacký. It was probably written in 1424.
Literary and theatre critic and theoretician, Marxist aesthetician, member of the Devětsil group and one of the ideologues of Czech Socialist Realism. He was one of the leading representatives of the Czechoslovak left in literary theory.
Prose writer and journalist, author of the manifesto Two Thousand Words and the founder of the important samizdat edition Petlice. His prose works are strongly autobiographic in character.
Painter, graphic artist and writer, also a sculptor and engraver, a talented drawer, illustrator and typographer, who created original types and invented new graphic methods.
Writer, dramatist, film director. He was one of the founding members of the avant-garde group Devětsil. His writing is characterised primarily by intense visual and stylistic imagery.
The longest running Czech monthly magazine promoting science and research, especially natural sciences.
The oldest surviving Czech women’s magazine.
Poet, pedagogue, author of the first known historical play with a theme from Czech history, music composer and foremost representative of Prague university before the Battle of White Mountain.
Czech explorer, adventurer, writer and photographer, probably of Bulgarian descent.
A very prolific writer, dramatist and translator. A foremost representative of Czech Parnassists. His work is one of the richest and most diverse in the history of Czech literature. He was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel prize for literature, but without success.
A magnificent, splendidly illuminated manuscript from the Romanesque period, one of the most significant and valuable Czech medieval manuscripts. It was created, or modified, on the occasion of the coronation of Vratislaus II, the first Czech king.
Prose writer, journalist and translator whose works focus primarily on the relationship between individual and totalitarian power, especially during the Second World War.
Prose writer whose works are on the border between psychological and fantastic literature. He is often mentioned as one of the founders of Czech science fiction.
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