Writer Ivan Klíma has been presented the Karel Čapek Award by the Czech Pen Club. Mr. Klíma, 78, is one of the country’s most famous contemporary writers, whose work has been translated into several languages. He has written over 30 books and dozens of short stories and essays. Among his better known works are Lovers for a Day, A Ship Named Hope, Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light, My First Loves and My Merry Mornings.
The Karel Čapek Award was established by the Pen Club’s Czech branch in 1994 and is presented to outstanding writers bi-annually. Other holders of the award are the former president and writer Václav Havel, Arnost Lustig, Jiří Kratochvíl and Josef Topol.
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