Jiří Stránský

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Jiří Stránský (2019)

Jiří Stránský (12 August 1931 – 29 May 2019) was a Czech author, playwright, translator, political prisoner during the country's communist regime, and human rights activist.

In 1953, he was arrested by the communists and sentenced to eight years of forced labor for "treason". He was released in 1960. In 1974, he was arrested again and sentenced to another 3 to 5 years, but was released after one and a half.

After the fall of the communist regime, he was an author and head of the international section of the Czech Literary Fund. In 1992, he was elected President of the Czech section of International PEN. He was chairman of the council of the National Library from 1995 to 1998.

He was a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.[1]

Stránský died on 29 May 2019 at the age of 87.[2]

Works[change | change source]

  • Za plotem, written in prison (1953–1960), published 1999
  • Štěstí, 1969, most copies were confiscated and destroyed by the communists, it was released in 1990
  • Zdivočelá země, 1970, made into a film in 1997
  • Aukce, 1997, sequel Zdivočelé země, 1989
  • Přelet, 2001
  • Povídačky pro moje slunce, 2002
  • Tichá pošta, 2002
  • Povídačky pro Klárku, 2004
  • Perlorodky, 2005
  • Srdcerváč, 2005
  • Stařec a smrt, 2007

Short stories[change | change source]

  • Náhoda, 1976
  • Vánoce, 1976
  • Přelet, 1976
  • Oblouk, 2009
  • Dopisy bez hranic (Lasica, Stránský), 2010

Films based on his work[change | change source]

  • Bumerang, 1996, directed by Hynek Bočan
  • Zdivočelá země, 1997
  • Zdivočelá země, series 1997–2001, directed by Hynek Bočan
  • Uniforma, 2001, directed by Hynek Bočan
  • Žabák, 2001, directed by Hynek Bočan
  • Kousek nebe, 2005, directed by Petr Nikolaev

References[change | change source]

  1. "Prague Declaration - Declaration Text". Institute for Information on the Crimes of Communism. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. televize, Česká. "Zemřel spisovatel Jiří Stránský, tvůrce Zdivočelé země". ČT24 - Nejdůvěryhodnější zpravodajský web v ČR - Česká televize (in Czech). Retrieved 2019-05-29.

Other websites[change | change source]