Petr Král (September 4, 1941, Prague) is a Czechwriter. Having graduated from FAMU, he worked as an editor in the Orbis publishing house, where he focused on a line of books about film and filmmakers. In 1968, he emigrated to France where he worked in a gallery, a photo shop, as a teacher, interpreter, translator, screenplay author, reviewer and so on. In 1984 he lived in Québec. From 1990 to 1991 he was a cultural councellor at the Czech embassy in Paris. He translates from and into French (mainly modern poetry). He edited several anthologies. Since April 2006, he resides in Prague.
Petr Král started writing under the influence of surrealism, but since the 1970s, his books show the fact that being fulfilled is something that the surrealist method cannot offer him. He writes about eternal longing which is being nourished by itself, and perhaps leads to consuming the person who yearns. Král's emblematic words can be: "We don't die, it's much worse: we vanish. In other words, we never were. There is no reality."