Poet, son of the writer Lev Blatný (1894-1930). Born in Brno, he spent the first part of his life here – before escaping into exile in 1948. He lived in a house...
Poet, translator and publicist, Brno born, spent his childhood and youth here. He learned the bookseller’s trade from A. Píša and for a brief period (1919–1921)...
Poet and publicist. Lived in Brno from 1937 until his death, latterly at Mášova street. He is linked to several cultural institutions (the Brno studios of Czechoslovak...
Poet, publicist, memoirist. The first – and so far the only Czech to receive the Nobel prize for Literature. In addition to the lasting popularity he won through...
Poet, writer, editor and translator. Spent most of his life in Brno and is closely linked to a number of Brno cultural institutions (the magazine Host do domu...
Poet and schoolteacher. His connection to Brno dates back to his university days. Apart from one interlude, he has been living to this day at Poděbradova street....
Kamenný vrch (Stone Hill) Kohoutovice Kohoutovice (Hotel Myslivna) Koliště (Koliště Street) Komárov Komín Komín, Hlavní (Main street, the Dvořáks’ ) Královo Pole, Palackého třída (Palacký Street) Kraví hora - hvězdárna (observatory) Kraví hora (Cow Hill) Křenová (Křenová Street) Křížová (Křížová Street)
Slovanské náměstí (Slavonic Square) Soběšice St James Square (Churche of St James) St. Anne’s Hospital Stará radnice - Brněnský drak (Old Town Hall - Brno Dragon) Starobrněnská (Starobrněnská Street) Svitava river Svratka river
An essayist, prose writer, poet, film and literary critic and publicist. Belongs to the “thirtysixers” generation. Born in Znojmo, but almost his entire life has been connected with Brno. It was here that he went to grammar school and the Philosophical Faculty (art history), though he dropped his studies in 1958 for personal reasons. He went on to be e.g. the head of a cinema and an editor at the Host do domu magazine; after it closed down he took up a series of manual labour professions. After 1989 he worked as an editor at several periodicals; since 1994 he has been teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) His debut was in 1967 (Anonymní povídky/Anonymous Tales/), followed up after 1990 with other books (of prose, poetry and essays); notable among them – not least as regards life in Brno – are his memoirs Paměť esejisty (Memoirs of an Essayist, 2006).
a short and skew-slanted bone shadow
by the suburban wall yellow
a lime quarry waits for Cézanne
and the paper wraps of overpasses
and the secret disgrace of concrete underpasses
over there to that little church
to sing they often did go
back in the day another race too
we of today aging somewhat outspoken
the scar mountain still thinks of Cézanne
who’s doing his own calcifying
and quite somewhere else
with all the ill-pace of a Sunday afternoon
under the viaduct echoes
this is quite some place to die
that much I’ll tell you
translated by Václav Pinkava
Švanda, Pavel: Na obou březích (On both banks), Brno: Atlantis 1996, s. 54.