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Jiří Mahen

Jiří Mahen (December 12, 1882May 22, 1939) was a Czech novelist, playwright and essayist.

Life

He was born Antonín Vančura, in Čáslav, to an old noble family of the Brethren faith. In his grammar-school years he became an anarchist. He later studied linguistics of the Czech and German languages at Prague University. After 1910, he worked as a journalist for Lidové noviny, one of the leading Czech newspapers. In the 1920s, he became the director of Brno Municipal Library. In 1939, due to depression following Hitler's occupation of Czechoslovakia, he committed suicide on May 22 in Brno.

Mahenova knihovna (Mahen´s Library, Brno City Library) is named after Jiří Mahen.

Jiří Mahen was the cousin of the novelist Vladislav Vančura.

Work

His most important texts are the novels Kamarádi svobody (Friends of Freedom) and Měsíc (The Moon), a fantastic novel involving poetism, the theatre plays Mrtvé moře (Dead sea), written in 1917, Jánošík (Janosik), in 1910, and Generace (Generation), in 1921. He was the author of many essay books of which Rybářská knížka (Fishermen's Book) written in 1921 is the most well-known.

References

  • Bohuš Balajka: Přehledné dějiny literatury II. Prague: Fortuna, 2005. ISBN 80-7168-781-2

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