Jan Balabán

About the Author

Jan Balabán (1961-2010) is one of the most popular and greatest Czech contemporary writers. He is a master of the short story, as proven by the fact that his volume of short stories Možná že odcházíme (Perhaps We Are Leaving) received the Magnesia Litera Prize in 2005, was proclaimed Book of the Year 2004 and was chosen as the best book of the last decade. In 2004 he was nominated for the Czech State Prize for Literature. In a survey on the most important Czech authors over the last 20 years, Balabán ended in the top three, together with Milan Kundera and Jáchym Topol.

Balabán also made name with his novels, like Kudy šel anděl (Where The Angel Went) and with Zeptej se táty (Ask Dad), which was posthumously published in 2010. The book was awarded with the Magnesia Litera Prize and was chosen as Book of the Year 2010.

His work focuses on the weak and less fortunate, who have to deal with the hardship of daily life and their personal traumatic history. Balabán presents very intimate pictures combined with a great eye for detail. He is a great storyteller and a master of language.

There is large interest in Poland where most of his books are published in translation, but also in Bulgaria and the United Kingdom more and more of his books are publised With the unfortunate and premature death of Balabán Czech literature has lost one of its best contemporary authors. He has however left us with an impressive list of books of high literary quality.

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Publication Published in Published by
Černý beran (Black Ram) 2000 Host Publishers, Brno
Kudy šel anděl (Where the Angel Went) 2003 Vetus Via, Brno
Jsme tady (We Are Here ) 2006 Host Publishers, Brno
Zeptej se táty (Ask Dad) 2010 Host Publishers, Brno
Volumes of short stories
Možná že odcházíme (Perhaps We Are Leaving) 2004 Host Publishers, Brno
Prázdniny (Holiday) 1998 / 2007 Host Publishers, Brno
Collective Works
Povídky (Short Stories) 2010 Host Publishers, Brno
Romány a novely (Novels) 2011 Host Publishers, Brno
Publicistika a hry (Articles and Plays) 2012 Host Publishers, Brno

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Publication Publisher Translated by
Zeptej se táty
Fråge pappa 2012, Aspekt Förlag, Stockholm Mats Larsson
Zapytaj taty 2013, Čzeskie Klimaty, Krakau Olga Czernikow
Pitaj tatu 2017, Dereta, Belgrade Marija Ilić
Chiedi a papà 2018, Miraggi edizioni, Borgomanero Alessandro De Vito
Прашај го тато 2019, Makedonika Litera, Skopje Daniela Rous-Miševska & Donka Rous
Попитай татко 2018, Izida, Sofia Krasimir Prodanov
Pitaj tatu 2020, Artikulacije, Koprivnica Matija Ivačić
Kudy šel anděl
Którędy szedł anioł 2015, Wydawnictwo Afera, Wroclaw Olga Czernikow
Патот на ангелот 2017, Goten, Skopje Dime Mitreski
Hová lett az angyal? 2019, Noran Libro, Budapest Péter Koloszár
Where Was the Angel Going 2020, Glagoslav Publications, London Charles S. Kraszewski
Jsme tady
Mи ще тут 2012, Astrolabe, Lviv Ganna Velicko
Тук сме 2019, Izida, Sofia Krasimir Prodanov
Wakacje 2011, Wydawnictwo Afera, Wroclaw Julia Różewicz
Možna že odcházíme
Możliwe, że odchodzimy 2011, Wydawnictwo Afera, Wroclaw Julia Różewicz
Може би си отивам 2015, Izida, Sofia Krasimir Prodanov
Maybe We're Leaving 2018, Glagoslav Publications, London Charles S. Kraszewski
Можеби заминуваме 2019, Makedonika Litera, Skopje Donka Rous
Dona nobis pacem
Dona nobis pacem 2012, Voetnoot Publishers, Antverp Edgar de Bruin

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