(1928- ) Czech poet, playwright, novelist and, since his emigration in 1978, émigré activist; his relations with post-Communist Czech culture have not been easy, and he remains in Vienna. Though his early poetry had been pro-Communist, his politics changed and his work remained unpublished in Czechoslovakia in the period 1968-1989; some was published there in 1990. His sf novel, which deals with the political persecution of a man who can control Antigravity, is Bìlà kniha o kauze Adam Juràček, profesor tělocviku a kreslenì na Pedagogické škole v K., kontra Sir Isaac Newton, profesor fyziky na univerzitě v Cambridge (1970 samizdat; trans Alec Page as White Book: Adam Juracek, Professor of Drawing and Physical Education at the Pedagogical Institute in K., vs. Sir Isaac Newton, Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge: Reconstructed from Contemporary Records and Supplemented by most Interesting Documents 1977) A Czech language edition was formally published in 1978. [JO]
see also: Czech and Slovak SF; Theatre.
born Prague, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]: 20 July 1928
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