Martin Vopenka (born 1963)
Czech writer with Jewish roots and author of 23 book titles. He’s been writing since his childhood, despite being forced to study mathematics and physics during the communist era. Yet this unwanted education was later used in some of his novels.
He wrote over twenty books for adults, children and adolescence. Some of them received awards and recently, a feature film was made based on one of his novels. His books were published in English, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Slovakian, French and Arabic.
Vopenka’s literature is distinguished by high sensitivity for inner tension of an individual as well as for dangerous aspects of a whole society. Also for endangering of our planet and our society.
In spite of his steadily writing, he makes his living as a publisher. He established his publishing house Prah (in Czech Threshold) in 1990 – shortly after the Velvet Revolution. He engages also socially. Since 2003, he is a chair of Association of Czech Booksellers and publishers and during his time he considerably enhanced the prestige of this organisation. Occasionally, he writes polemic articles for the newspapers.
“I write my novels by hand with un illegible, tiny handwriting which I then retype on a computer. Noone is able to read my handwriting, and after a while neither can I. To write without a computer from my head straight to my hand and pen enables me a fuller immersion into my story.”