May 15, 1929|
|Died||November 22, 2012
Brno, Czech Republic
Jan Trefulka (15 May 1929 – 22 November 2012) was a Czech writer, translator, literary critic and publicist.
Critical of the communist regime, in 1950 he was expelled from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party for "anti-party activities" along with Kundera. At the same time he was expelled from Charles University in Prague where he was studying literature and aesthetics. Trefulka wrote about his run-in with the communist party in his first novella Pršelo jim štestí (Happiness Rained on Them, 1962). Trefulka was involved with Samizdat - the publishing and distributing of censored literature under communist rule, and was a signatory of Charter 77.
Trefulka found it difficult to find work in the country after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He spent time unemployed and working as a manual labourer.
After the Velvet Revolution and the downfall of the communist regime in 1989, he became more active in public life, becoming president of the Association of Moravian-Silesian Writers and a member of the first Czech Television Council.
List of works
- Happiness Rained on Them (Pršelo jim štěstí) (1962)
- Praise Only for the Fools (O bláznech jen dobré) (1973)
- The Criminal Uprising (Zločin pozdvižen) (1978)
- Seduced and Betrayed (Svedený a opuštěný) (1983)
- A Fool's Reader (Bláznova čítanka) (1998) A collection of Trefulka's work published in Samizdat.
- A Handbook of Czech Prose Writing, 1940-2005 B. R. Bradbrook on 'Google Books' website
- translated 'Atlantis' website
- translated 'Spisovatelé' website
- "Czech writer, dissident Jan Trefulka dies". Czech News Agency. 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
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