Antonín Bajaja was born into a well-known medical family in the small Moravian industrial town of Zlín on 30 May 1942. He began writing in the 1960s while studying at the University of Agriculture in Brno and after graduating spent much of his life working for livestock co-operatives. In the 1990s, he joined Radio Brno as an editor and began writing journalism, poetry and fiction. In addition to English, his work has been published in Russian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Slovene. In 2004, he won the Magnesia Litera Prize for his novel Zvlčení [Growing Wild] and was awarded the Czech State Prize for Literature in 2010 for the original Czech edition of Burying the Season. Zvlčení was also shortlisted for the 2017 St Petersburg Library Prize for Foreign Fiction. He is an active member of Czech PEN.
Balla (1967), who goes only by his surname, is a graduate of the Bratislava Economic University and has a day job in the local council’s audit office in Nové Zámky, a provincial town in southern Slovakia. Since his first short story collection, Leptokaria (1996), he has published eleven more books, mostly of short fiction. His works have been translated into Czech, German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene and Serbian. The novella V mene otca (2012, In the Name of the Father) was voted Book of the Year by the Slovak daily SME in 2012 and in the same year awarded both the Tatrabanka Foundation Art Prize for literature and Anasoft Litera Prize, Slovakia’s most prestigious literary prize. Balla’s latest, the novella Veľká láska (The Great Love), was published in 2016 and was also shortlisted for Anasoft Litera.
Daniela Hodrová has pursued a dual career as a prominent writer of fiction and a prolific literary scholar. The recipient of the Czech State Prize for Literature in 2011 and the international Franz Kafka Prize in 2012, Hodrová is only the second woman to receive these awards. Her novels have been translated into French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Bulgarian, Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch.
Jan Křesadlo(1926–1995) was the pseudonym chosen by Dr Václav Jaroslav Karel Pinkava, a Czech emigré psychologist who settled in Britain with his wife and four children after the 1968 invasion of his native Czechoslovakia. He worked as a clinical psychologist in Colchester until his early retirement in 1982, when he turned to full-time writing. GraveLarks, his first novel, was originally published by Josef Škvorecký’s émigré publishing house ‘68 Publishers in Toronto. Pinkava was also active in choral music and mathematical logic discovering the many-valued logic algebra which bears his name.
Jiří Pehe served Czech President Václav Havel in various roles from 1997 to 2003 and has been the director of New York University in Prague since 1999. He has written numerous essays and papers that have appeared online, in newspapers and academic publications across the world and has also published several books, including three novels. Three Faces of an Angel is his first novel to be published in English.
Michal Viewegh is a novelist, short story writer, newspaper columnist and playwright. His 25 books have appeared in 23 languages and been turned into 10 feature films. Recipient of the Jiří Orten prize and the Magnesia Litera prize, he remains the Czech Republic’s most popular and prolific writer. Bliss was it in Bohemia was his breakthrough novel when it was published in 1992. It was turned into a Czech feature film in 1997 under its original Czech title of Báječná léta pod psa.