Stránský, Jiří


*12. 8. 1931


Writer, poet, screenwriter for both film and TV, translator from English and German. His studies at high school were interrupted by the Communist authorities for political reasons as he was about to pass his closing examinations. Afterwards, he was employed as a manual worker, and later joined the Press Office of the Prague Advertisement Company. In January 1953 he was arrested, charged with high treason and sentenced in a show trial to eight years in jail. After the amnesty in 1960 he was released and, in 1962, started to write for popular magazines. Thanks to a short story Vašek, he was hired as an assistant to the important Czech movie director Martin Frič. Later he worked as an auxiliary director with the film director Hynek Bočan and co-wrote several screenplays with him. From 1965 he worked on a free-lance basis for the dramaturgy department at Barrandov Film Studios. He also collaborated with the Semafor Theatre as dramaturge and screenwriter. In 1992 he was elected the president of the Czech branch of PEN Club and stayed in this post until 2006. Jiři Stransky was awarded The Egon Hostovsky prize for his novel A Country Gone Wild, and Karel Čapek Prize.


List of plays:


  • Uniforma, 1999
  • Deratizátor, 2003
  • Rozhovor, 2005, première 16. 4. 2008 Divadlo v Horních Počernicích, Prague
  • Játra, 2006
  • Claudius a Gertruda, 2007, première 7. 12. 2007, Divadelní spolek Kašpar, Divadlo v Celetné, Prague (in co-operation with J. Špalek)

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