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Petr Král

Poet and essayist, Petr Král was born in Prague in 1941. Beginning his studies with film, he later joined the troupe of post-surrealists surrounding Vratislav Effenberger.

In 1968, Petr Král fled to Paris, reinventing himself as a writer—quickly adopting the French language—writing in both French and Czech, merging surrealistic principles with elements from the Beat generation in Routes du Paradis {Routes of Paradise} and Pour une Europe bleue {For a Blue Europe}.

After editing Le Surréalisme en Tchécoslovaquie {Surrealism in Czechoslovakia} in 1983, Král shifted to incidental introspection, defining himself as a poet of detours.

Petr Král´s most recent work includes: Éra živých {Those Alive}, Základní pojmy {Basic Notions}, Masiv a trhliny {Massif and Cracks} in Czech and Pour l'ange {For the Angel} in French.

Petr Král lives in Prague.

Petr Král

Petr Král: In the Territory of Poetry and Art

22.02.2010 Interviews

Interview on the occasion of Petr Král's Award

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Petr Král's reading at PWF2008

08.07.2008 Readings

Poems Petr Král read at the Theater Minor

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Petr Král: Epilogue

26.05.2008 Readings

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