Antal Stašek

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Antal Stašek
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Antal Stašek
Born Antonín Zeman
(1843-07-22)22 July 1843
Stanový, Kingdom of Bohemia
Died 9 October 1931(1931-10-09) (aged 88)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Occupation Writer, lawyer
Nationality Czech
Spouse Kamila Schönfeldová
Children Ivan Olbracht

Antal Stašek (born Antonín Zeman) (22 July 1843 – 9 October 1931), was a Czech writer and lawyer. He was born in the village of Stanový in the Jablonec nad Nisou District of northern Bohemia. From 1877, Stašek was a successful barrister in Semily. His work is mainly set in the area around the Krkonoše mountains that straddle the today's border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Stašek was heavily influenced by socialism and social justice and was perhaps the first Czech writer to work with these themes.[1]

His best known novel is Matusch the Shoemaker and his Friends, published posthumously in 1932.[2] Stašek worked briefly in Mohelnice before moving in 1913 to Prague, where he spent the rest of his life. The writer Ivan Olbracht was his son.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  (in German)
  2. ^ a b Věra Menclová; Václav Vaněk, eds. (2005). Slovník českých spisovatelů (in Czech). Prague: Libri. p. 611. ISBN 80-7277-179-5.