Lecture in language
Josef Pánek (CZE)
Bioinformatics expert and writer
„It was my need to make sense of people, myself, the globalizing world, human narrow-mindedness, and prejudices that made me start writing.“
Josef has been involved in computational molecular genetics for many years, and thanks to science, he has traveled a large portion of the world. He shines on the literary scene only now: he won the Magnesia Litera Prize this year in the prose category for his novelist debut, Láska v době globálních klimatických změn (Love in the Time of Global Climate Change).
Josef Pánek was born in 1966. He studied in Prague and after the revolution he lived in Norway and Australia, traveled to India, and hitchhiked through Iceland. Today the scientist and, in a
Josef Pánek was born in 1966. He studied in Prague and after the revolution he lived in Norway and Australia, traveled to India, and hitchhiked through Iceland. Today the scientist and, in a way, adventurer, lives in the Czech Republic and claims that science is the best entertainment in the world.
In 2013, he published a collection of short stories of called Kopáč oválů (The Oval Digger), and in 2017 the novel Láska v době globálních klimatických změn. The thrilling and formally unusual novella brought Josef not only great public interest but also a Magnesia Litera Award in the Prose category.
Why the scientist influenced by the poetry of Hrabal and Palahniuk decided to start writing is according to Josef best described by Bukowski in his statement that "inspiration can be wasted by chatter and talent melted in the mouth."