Jaroslav Rudiš

Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, publicist. He grew up in Lomnice nad Popelkou. He graduated from a high school in Turnov, then from History and German Studies at the Faculty of Education of the Technical University of Liberec. Between 2001 – 2002, he obtained a journalism scholarship at the Free University, Berlin. He has worked as a journalist and is still contributing to both Czech and German media. Between 2012 – 2013, he was a visiting professor at Humboldt University, Berlin, where he taught creative writing. He regularly performs in the Czech Republic, Germany and other countries with the Kafka Band, for which he writes texts based on Franz Kafka’s work. Together they released the album Das Schloss. For ten years now he has been organising, together with the poet Igor Malijevsky, the EKG literary and musical cabaret at the Archa Theatre; with Petr Pýcha he wrote, among others, the theatre and radio play Summer in LaplandStrange LoveSalzburg Goulash or Man-eaters; with Martin Becker, the radio play Lost in Prague and Plattenbaucowboys for WDR, a German radio station and Exit 89, a Czech-German libretto for for the Archa Theatre. As a writer, he debuted in 2002 with the book Sky under Berlin that won the Jiří Orten Award.

Together with the artist Jaromír 99, he published a graphic novel trilogy Alois Nebel (2003-2005) about solitary train dispatcher from a small station close to the mountains by the boarder, which was adapted into a film version in 2011 (directed by Tomáš Luňák) as well as received numerous awards including the European Film Award for the Best Animated Film . His other books include GrandhotelSilence and The End of Punk in Helsinki. So far, his latest work Národní třída (National Avenue) came out in Czech in 2013. The main hero unleashed the Velvet Revolution in Prague’s Narodni třida in 1989. In all his novels, the history of Central Europe is influencing our present days. His works have been translated into German, Polish, French, Spanish and other languages. The theatre adaptation of Narodní třída was staged at the Feste Theatre in Brno (2012) and at the Bremen Theatre and at the State Theatre in Dresden (2017). In the same year, the radio broadcast adaptation was firstly introduced on the waves of WDR in Cologne. With director Štěpán Altrichter, he is working on film adaptation of the novel. It’s production should start in 2018. He also participated in the screenplay and concept of German television criminal series Kripo Prag for ARD. For the Bremen Theatre, he and the Kafka Band have adapted Franz Kafka‘s novels Castle and America. In 2016, Feste Theatre premiered the play Waiting for the End of the World that takes place in a male sauna. Alternately, he lives in Berlin and Lomnice nad Popelkou. He writes in Czech and German.

Jaroslav Rudiš (*1972)
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