Zdena Tomin

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Zdena Tomin (born 1941) is a Czech novelist and former communist-era dissident.


She was born Zdena Holubova in 1941 in Prague. She studied philosophy and sociology at university. She started her literary career in 1959, writing surrealist poetry. In 1962, she married the philosopher Julius Tomin. She published essays and short stories in the sixties. After the fall of Alexander Dubček, her writings were banned for life by the communist regime.[citation needed]

She was one of the spokespersons for Charter 77, which resulted in intense official harassment. She wrote for the samizdat publication Padlock. In 1980, she and her husband travelled to Oxford. They were declared "enemies of the state" by the Czech government and their citizenship was revoked. They eventually settled in Britain.[citation needed]

Zdena Tomin published two novels in the 1980s, Stalin's Shoe and The Coast of Bohemia. Both were well received by reviewers. She also wrote the screenplay for an autobiographical drama called Enemies of the State, which was first broadcast by Granada Television in 1981. The role of Zdena was played by Zoe Wanamaker. The drama was also broadcast in the US in 1988.[1]

Zdena Tomin lives in the UK. She had two sons. One of them, the budding writer Lukas Tomin (1963-1995) moved back to Prague in 1991 and died there at the Divoká Šárka nature reserve in 1995.[2] Her other son Marek is a journalist and translator, also based in Prague.[3] Her niece is Michaela Marksová-Tominová, current minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.[4]