Peter Pišťanek

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Peter Pišťanek (28 April 1960, Devínska Nová Ves – 22 March 2015, Bratislava) was a Slovak writer.

His first full-length novel Rivers of Babylon was published in 1991 (in English in 2007 in a translation by Peter Petro).[1] It was followed by two other novels, The Wooden Village and The End of Freddy, which together make up a trilogy. They recount the life of Rácz, a fictitious gangster who emerged in autumn 1989 as communist rule was disintegrating. Pišťanek was also an active writer about the alcohol beverage industry, providing his insight and humour on both spirits and wines including cognac and bourbon.[2]

On 22 March 2015, Pišťanek committed suicide.[3][4]


  1. Rivers of Babylon; translated by Peter Petro, Garnett Press 11/2007, ISBN 978-0-9535878-4-1
  2. Wooden Village; translated by Peter Petro, Garnett Press 11/2008, ISBN 978-0-9535878-5-8
  3. End of Freddy; translated by Peter Petro, Garnett Press 11/2009, ISBN 978-0-953-58786-5

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  1. ^ Post, Chad W. (22 August 2008). "Interview with Peter Pistanek". Three Percent / University of Rochester. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Pišťanek, Peter. "Peter Pišťanek | Articles about drinks in the Paper Trend (Slovak: Články autora |". Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Spisovateľ Peter Pišťanek spáchal samovraždu [Writer Peter Pišťanek committed suicide]". SME. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.  (in Slovak)
  4. ^ Juraj, Kušnierik (23 March 2015). "Peter Pišťanek odišiel [Peter Pišťanek is gone]". .týždeň. Retrieved 23 March 2015.  (in Slovak)