Jaroslav Rudiš as WiR at NIAS

1 Feb-30 June 2018

From February until June 2018, Czech writer, journalist, and musician Jaroslav Rudiš (Turnov, 1972) will stay at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Amsterdam as writer in residence. During his stay he will be working at his new novel: a road novel about a Czech nurse who works in Germany and manages to get a ninety-year old man talking again. Together they travel through Europe and through the history of our continent.

Rudiš became known after he published his debut novel, Nebe pod Berlínem (The Sky under Berlin), in 2002, which became one of the most successful Czech books of recent years. For this work he received the Jiří Orten Award in 2003. He published four more novels, a collection of short stories, and three closely connected graphic novels. This trilogy has been adapted into an animated feature film, Alois Nebel, which was awarded the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. Later it also won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the Holland Animation Festival in 2012.

His latest project is the Kafka Band; an audiovisual performance inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Castle, which has been adapted into a graphic novel in 2013. With the Kafka Band Rudiš did an international tour, performing at the Eye in Amsterdam in 2014. He was also booked for the European Literature Nights in Amsterdam in 2014. This year Rudiš will receive the German Award of Literature Houses (Preis der Literaturhauser) for the diversity of his literature and his ability to work with different forms including novels, plays, and comics. The literary award will be presented to him at the Leipzig Book Fair on 15th March 2018.

Rudiš work has been translated into many languages including German, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch. Besides the Jiří Orten Award, he won the Alfréd Radok Award and the Czech Radio Prize, and was nominated for a Magnesia Litera. Nobelman Publisher published Dutch translations of two of his novels: Het einde van de punk in Helsinki (Konec punku v Helsinkách), and Het volk boven (Národní trída). Both translations were written by Edgar de Bruin, who won the Dutch Foundation for Literature’s Translation Prize in 2015 for his translations of Czech literature.


Open call residencies

The Writer-in-Residence programme offers fiction and non-fiction writers from the Netherlands and abroad an opportunity to work for an extended period within an international academic community. The residency is a collaboration between NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds) in Amsterdam.

For the academic year 2018-2019 NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature offer one residency for a Dutch writer from September 2018 until February 2019 and one for a writer from abroad from February 2019 until June 2019. Applications should be submitted before the end of 2 April 2018. More information may be found here.

Fleur van Koppen


Fleur van Koppen

Programme officer

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