Jan Pavel was born on October 26, 1973 in Prague. There he graduated from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory (text writing and screenplay). He worked as a newspaper reporter then as a screenwriter for commercial television. He is presently the editor of the prestigious Slovart Publishing House. He lives in Prague.
The central theme for Pavel's prose is always the individual and what is closest to him, what forms him throughout his life: the relationship between man and woman. For the author this is without a doubt the most important aspect from which everything else develops. He observes human weakness, oftentimes with understanding, thus forcing the reader to ponder where the admissible border of „normality“ is without making any moralizations of his own. He uses dialogue as the connective thread of his texts (his studies of screenplay weren't for naught) – each character is like a sharpened blade that cuts into the living whenever the situation demands it. The urgency of his texts ties into the tradition of the great masters of Czech literature: from K. H. Mácha and his near obsession with the grandiose suffering hero to Josef Škvorecký or Milan Kundera and his occasionally „unbearable“ cynic anti-heroes.
Selection from bibliography:
Na pouti... (At a Fun Fair..., stories, Host, 1999)
Jizvení (Scarring, short novel, Arieta, 2005)
Až pes snese čokoládu (When the Dog Lays Chocolate, stories, essays, Artes Liberales, 2006)
Tramvaj do stanice (Tram to the Station, short novel, Artes Liberales, 2007)
I smrt se zahojí (Even Death will Heal, novel, Slovart Publishing House, 2007)
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This book was published in the Czech Republic in 2009. Following its success among domestic readers, it was translated into Portuguese. This marks the first edition of the English version.
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