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13 June 2018 -
Goethe Institut

Literary Cafe with Jaroslav Rudiš

Writer-in-residence Jaroslav Rudiš presents the Dutch translation of his book "Nationalstraße" during an Literary Cafe at the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam. He will be interviewed by Guido Snel, about his literary work, music and theatre plays.

About Jaroslav Rudiš

Jaroslav Rudiš is a Czech writer, journalist, playwright and musician. Rudiš became known after publishing his first novel Nebe pod Berlínem (“The Sky under Berlin”) in 2002, the tale of a Czech teacher who chooses to leave his job and to start a new life in Berlin, where he plays music in the underground, which – along with the ghosts of suicide jumpers – gains almost mystical importance to him, and joins an indie rock group. It was one of the most successful Czech books of recent years.

His collaboration with draughtsman Jaromír 99 led to the publication of three closely connected graphic novels taking place among railway employees, Bílý potok (“White Brook”, 2003), Hlavní nádraží (“Central Station”, 2004) and Zlaté hory (“Golden Hills”). The trilogy has been adapted into an animated feature film, Alois Nebel, which was released in 2011. In 2013, Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 set up The Kafka Band, performing postpunk music all over Europe.