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Jaroslav Rudiš

“I’ve never been to Madrid—I only know Spain from the map and the wars in history books—but I read in a magazine that they have the bluest sky there—”

One of the rising stars of contemporary Czech literature—Jaroslav Rudiš was born in 1972 in Turnov, north Bohemia.  After studying German, history and journalism in Liberec, Prague, Zurich and Berlin—he deconstructed several professions—ranging from journalist to punk band manager.

“So I told Ulrike the thing about her eyes—and the sky over Madrid—she said that she had never been to Madrid either—and that no one had ever told her that before—”

In 2002, Jaroslav Rudiš received the Jiří Orten Prize for his first novel The Sky Under Berlin (Nebe pod Berlínem)—then enjoyed great acclaim for his graphic trilogy Alois Nebel (2003–2005), co-authored with the artist Jaromír Švejdík. Grand Hotel—published in 2006—catapulted the author to Madrid—where he wrote the screenplay for David Ondříček‘s film of his novel.

“So I’m sitting here—and waiting until morning—when someone comes—so I can tell their notepad my story—”

Jaroslav Rudiš lives in Prague—where he organizes the EKG literary cabaret at the Archa Theatre and occasionally performs with the U-Bahn band.


Jaroslav Rudiš

Jaroslav Rudiš: Reading at the Prague Writers' Festival

15.06.2009 Readings

Transcription of his text

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Jaroslav Rudiš

Jaroslav Rudiš: I think that literature is not a lost cause

27.04.2009 Articles

Jaroslav Rudiš in conversation with Erika Zlamalová

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Jaroslav Rudis_foto © Petr Jedinák

Jaroslav Rudiš: The Heavens over Madrid

10.02.2009 Readings

the bluest and clearest sky

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Jaroslav Rudiš_foto © Petr Hloušek,

Jaroslav Rudiš: Kill the Barbie

10.02.2009 Readings

And now listen carefully.

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