Karel Píč

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Karel Píč's grave at the Litomyšl cemetery
Karel Píč
Born December 6, 1920
Died August 15, 1995
Resting place The Litomyšl Cemetery
Pen name Karolo Piĉ
Occupation writer
Language Czech, Esperanto
Nationality Czech
Genre Esperanto novels
Notable works La Litomiŝla tombejo

Karel Píč (Esperanto: Karolo Piĉ, December 6, 1920 – August 15, 1995) was a leading Czech Esperantist,[1][2][3][4] a member of the Academy of Esperanto,[5] a poet and writer of short stories, essays, and novels in Esperanto.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Role in Esperanto literature[edit]

Karel Píč was a famous and influential Esperanto author.[12][13][14] He introduced and used many neologisms, which was controversial.[15] Aside from neologisms, he was noted for his experimental usage of Esperanto; some commentators go so far as to call his usage "piĉido" and imply it is almost another language.[16]

His best known work, epitomizing his linguistic experimentation[17] , is the semi-autobiographical novel La Litomiŝla tombejo (The Litomyšl Cemetery) (1981) set in his hometown of Litomyšl. Upon his death, Píč was buried in that cemetery, and his tombstone bears the Czech words “Esperantský spisovatel” (“Esperanto writer”).

The "Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto" quotes several influential Esperantists about the importance of La Litomiŝla tombejo. Osmo Buller wrote "it is something truly important in Esperanto literature", and Jorge Camacho claimed it as "probably the highest achievement of [Esperanto's] original literature". Esperanto poet William Auld included the novel on his list of Esperanto classics.[18]


  • Short stories
    • Ekkrioj de Georgino (Georgia's Cries)
    • Fabeloj el transe (Fables from the Other Side)
    • La Davida harpo (David's Harp)
    • Aboco (ABC)
    • Angoro (Anguish)
  • Novels
    • La Litomiŝla tombejo (The Litomyšl Cemetery)
    • Ordeno de verkistoj (The Order of Writers - published posthumously in 1997)
    • Mistero de tri unuoj (The Mystery of Three Ones)
    • La Bermuda triangulo (The Bermuda Triangle)
    • Klaĉejo (Nest of Gossip)
  • Articles
    • La granda superstiĉo (The Grand Superstition)
  • Essays
    • Kritiko kaj recenzistiko en Esperanto (Criticism and the Art of Reviewing in Esperanto)
    • La interna vivo de Esperanto (The Inner Life of Esperanto)
    • Esperantaj neologismoj (Esperanto Neologisms, Esperantista 1949, pp. 57, 65)


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ page 185
  5. ^ [4]
  6. ^ [5]
  7. ^ "Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto" page 617
  8. ^ Beletra Almanako 10 (Ba10 - Literaturo En Esperanto) - Page 41
  9. ^ Reinhard Haupenthal: Bibliographie seiner Veröffentlichungen ... - Page 99
  10. ^ Stilfiguroj En La Poezio de Esperanto - Page 13
  11. ^ Esperanto: language, literature, and community - Page 165
  12. ^ http://www.transparent.com/esperanto/five-periods-of-esperanto-literature/
  13. ^ http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelplang/esperanto/esperantocollections/esperantocols.html
  14. ^ Harlow, Donald J. "Recenzo: Kvar priliteraturaj verkaj^oj (William AULD, Vilmos BENCZIK)". literaturo.org. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  15. ^ "Review: La bona lingvo (Don HARLOW)". literaturo.org. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  16. ^ eo:Karolo Piĉ
  17. ^ "The Esperanto Book: Appendix 4". literaturo.org. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  18. ^ http://www.esperanto-usa.org/en/node/1512

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