Zbyněk Hejda

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Zbyněk Hejda (2 February 1930, Hradec Králové – 16 November 2013, Prague[1]) was a Czech poet, essayist and translator (mainly from English - Emily Dickinson; and German - Georg Trakl, Gottfried Benn).[2]


He studied philosophy and history at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague.[3] From 1953 to 1958, he taught the history of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia at the Faculty of Arts.[3] From 1958 to 1968, he worked at the Prague Information Service, and later in 1968 he started working in a publishing house but left the very same year together with the whole editorial staff.[3] From 1968 to 1978 he worked in a second hand bookshop, until he signed the Charter 77 and was forced to leave.[3] From 1981 to 1989 he worked as a caretaker.[3] Since 1990 to 1995 he taught cultural anthropology at the 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University.[3]


Since 1959 he published his poetry in literary magazines, including Revolver Revue, in the Czechoslovak Republic, and in Czech exile magazines, such as Svědectví published by Pavel Tigrid in Paris.[3] He received The Tom Stoppard Prize for his essays in 1989[2] and the Jaroslav Seifert Prize in 1996.[4]


  • Všechna slast, 1964
  • Blízkosti smrti, samizdat 1978, Munich 1985, Prague 1992
  • Lady Felthamová, samizdat 1979, Paris 1987, Prague 1992
  • Tři básně, samizdat 1987
  • Pobyt v sanatoriu, 1993
  • Nikoho tam nepotkám, 1994
  • Valse mélancolique, Brno 1995
  • Básně, 1996 (Collected Poems)
  • Překlady, 1998 (Collected Translations)
  • Cesta k Cerekvi, 2004
  • Sny, 2007


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