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Emil Hakl was born in Prague in 1958. A graduate of the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatorium, he worked at
a number of manual-labor jobs under the communist regime. During this time he was writing poetry and
dramatizations of literature for amateur theater, and he was a founding member, along with
Václav Kahuda, of the writer's group Moderni analfabet [Modern Illiterates].
Having worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency in the 1990s, as the decade ended he decided to
devote himself to literature and has published a collection of poetry, four novels, and two collections of short stories since.
Over the last few years Hakl's work has begun to appear in translation throughout Europe. He is the recipient of the two major
Czech literary awards: the Magnesia Litera for book of the year and the Josef Skvorecky Award.
published by TSP:
Of Kids & Parents
The Witch's Flight
also by the author:
Decapolis: Tales from
On Flying Objects