TORONTO - Czech writer and publisher Josef Škvorecký died at 87
04.01.2012 / 03:04
Josef Škvorecký, leading personality of the Czech modern literature, emigre writer and publisher, who fled to Canada after the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague Spring of 1968, died of cancer in Toronto on January 3, 2012. He was 87.
Škvorecký and his wife, the writer, actress and important editor Zdena Salivarová, founded 68 Publishers in 1971 while in their Canadian exile. Over the next two decades they published more than 200 titles of communist-banned Czech and Slovak books and became a vocal and important western outlet for dissident writers, including globally acclaimed writers Václav Havel, Milan Kundera and/or Arnošt Lustig.
Josef Škvorecky was also a prolific novelist and poet, whose own books had been banned in his homeland during the communist times. His works include The Cowards, The Engineer of Human Souls, and The Bass Saxophone. His short stories were also translated into Korean, most recently in anthology 프라하 - 작가들이사랑한 도시 (Prague: City Loved by Writers), published by Seoul-based Happy Reading Books in 2011.
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