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Barbara Nesvadbová, born Barbara Nesvadbová (January 14, 1975, Prague), is a Czech writer and journalist.
Barbara was born in Prague into a family of doctors, both psychiatrists. Mother Libuše Nesvadbová is involved with assisting immigrants and ethnic minorities. Father Josef Nesvadba († 2005) was known as an author of sci-fi literature. Barbara’s ex-husband is the politician Karel Březina with whom she has a daughter Bibiana Nesvadbová. Bára has a degree in journalism and mass communication from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, in Prague. She started working as editor-in-chief of Xantypa and later Playboy. Currently, she is editor-in-chief of the Czech edition of the prestigious fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.
While at university, Barbara had already started working with publisher Romana Přidalová. Until then, she had written short essays and sketches which were later all linked through one character, and became short stories. This resulted in her first book, Řízkaři (“Schnitzellers”), which deals with sex, relationships and a young journalist named Karla who is trying to find her way. Bára’s second book, Bestiář (“Bestiary”), officially proclaimed one of the most-borrowed library books, became the basis for the eponymous movie where the main characters were played by Danica Jurčová, Karel Roden and Marek Vašut. The movie was directed by the famous Czech director Irena Pavlásková. Barbara Nesvadbová co-wrote the script. Her next books followed fast: Život nanečisto (“Life as a Draft”); Pohádkář (“Storyteller”) which became a movie in 2014 with Jiří Macháček and Eva Herzigová playing the main characters; a collection of short sketches Brusinky (“Cranberries”); and a short story collection, Borůvky (“Blueberries). In between, Barbara wrote a cheerful children’s book dedicated to her daughter Bibiana called “Garpíškoviny aneb Bibi a čtyři kočky” (“A Very Merry Dog’s Life or Bibi and Four Cats”). In 2013, Barbara Nesvadbová published the book Přítelkyně (“Female Friends”), two novellas about women’s friendship. In 2014, she published another collection of sketches called Pralinky (“Pralines”).
The writer is regularly involved in many and various charitable projects; she actively supports the non-profit organization Etincelle, where she is a member on the board of directors. She also actively supports Habitat “Zahrada v Kladně” for mentally handicapped clients. Further, Barbara supports Unicef, the organization Dobrý Anděl and Helppes. In addition, Barbara is a founder of the Bazaar Charity endowment which financially supports the rehabilitation of handicapped people.
- Řízkaři (2006, Motto, Albatros) ISBN 9788026714194.
- Bestiář (2007, Motto, Albatros)
- Život na nečisto (2008, Motto, Albatros)
- Brusinky (2011, Brána; 2015, Motto, Albatros)
- Pohádkář (2011, Motto, Albatros)
- Garpíškoviny - aneb Bibi a čtyři kočky (2011, Brána; 2015, Motto, Albatros)
- Borůvky (2012, Brána)
- Tři maminky a tatínek (2012, co-authored with Alena Ježková and Natálie Kocábová; Brio)
- Přítelkyně (2013, Motto, Albatros)
- Pralinky (2014, Motto, Albatros)
Bibliography - Audiobooks
- Bestiář (2008, Popron Music & Publishing; narrated by Jitka Čvančarová )
- Pohádkář (2011,2014, Motto, Albatros; narrated by Táňa Vilhelmová)
- Brusinky (2011, Motto, Albatros; narrated by Ivana Jirešová and Markéta Hrubešová)
- Pralinky (2015, Motto, Albatros; narrated by Barbara Nesvadbová)
- Garpíškoviny - aneb Bibi a čtyři kočky (2015, Motto, Albatros; narrated by Martin Dejdar)
- Bestiář (2007; directed by Irena Pavlásková)
- Pohádkář (2014; directed by Vladimír Michálek)
- Řízkaři- Retrieved 2019-02-01
- "Barbara Nesvadbová (*14.01.1975)" (in Czech). 3 April 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2014. (English- Student Underground, reviewed 2019-02-02)
- "Absolventka IKSŽ: Barbara Nesvadbová, šéfka Harper´s Bazaar" (in Czech). 5 December 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2014. (English- Sociál, reviewed 2019-02-02)
- "Bára Nesvadbová" (in Czech). n.d. Retrieved 28 November 2014.