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Petr Hruška (CZE)
Poet, literary historian and screenwriter
„Poetry is not decorative of life. It has to disturb, astonish, surprise, unsettle, break the existing aesthetic satisfactions and create new ones.“
Petr is one of the most important Czech poets at the turn of millennium. His collections have been translated into several European languages. He works at the Institute for Czech Literature, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is a member of the editorial board of the magazine Host and takes part in the organization of literary programs, exhibitions, and festivals in Ostrava.
He researches literature at the Institute for Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and focuses mainly on literature written after 1945. He was involved in the elaboration
He researches literature at the Institute for Czech Literature of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and focuses mainly on literature written after 1945. He was involved in the elaboration of the four-volume History of the Czech Literature 1945-1989, the second part of the Dictionary of Czech Authors from 1945, Dictionary of Czech Literary Magazines, Periodical Literary Anthologies and Almanacs 1945-2000 and two books of interpretations of works written after 1990: V souřadnicích volnosti (2008) and V souřadnicích mnohostí (2014).
He has written several poetry collections, such as: Obývací nepokoje (1995), Měsíce (1998), Zelený svetr (2004), Darmata (2012) and Nevlastní (2017). Some of these collections were also published in German, French, Italian, Polish, and Hungarian. He publishes research studies and published a monograph on Karel Šiktanc.
In 1998, he was awarded the Dresden Prize for Lyric Poetry and the Jan Skácel Prize in 2009. He received the State Prize for Literature for the poetry collection Darmata in 2013.