Top 10 Czech Writers

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TOP 10 CZECH WRITERS
1) Karel Čapek (1890 – 1938)
* writer, journalist, playwright, translator and photographer * born in Malé Svatoňovice
* studied at Charles University
* editor in magazines Národní listy, Lidové noviny, Nebojsa * died of pneumonia
* work: R. U. R. – Rossum's Universal Robots (robots are manufactured, they make revolt, kill almost
all people, but they cannot manufacture themselves, so they want the last human to discover the process of their manufacturing)
Krakatit (discovery and misusage nuclear weapon)
War with the Newts – Válka s mloky (anti-fascist novel)

2) Jan Neruda (1834 – 1891)
* journalist, writer, poet and feuilletonist
* studied philosophy
* a member of May school
* had some mistresses (no wife)
* was interred in the Vyšehrad cemetery
* work: Cemetery Flowers, Books of Verses, Friday Songs, Tales of the Little Quarter, Cosmic Songs, Ballads and Romances

3) Bohumil Hrabal (1914 – 1997)
* the most translated Czech author of the 20. century
* born in Brno
* 1994 At the Golden Tiger in Prague met the Czech president Václav Havel and the US president Bill Clinton * he died when he fell from a window on the fifth floor of the Bulovka hospital in Prague where he was apparently trying to feed pigeons * work: Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky)

I Served the King of England (Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále)

4) Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)
* born to middle class German-speaking Jewish parents in Prague * studied law but he liked journalism, literature, wrote reviews * died of tuberculosis
* work: The Trial (Der Prozeß, Proces)
The Metamorphosis (Proměna) – about a man named Gregor Samsa who is transformed into
a monstrous insect – at first his family is sorry about him, then they started to hate him and in the end they are glad he died

5) Karel Jaromír Erben (1811 – 1870)
* historian, poet,...
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