Lenka Procházková

Lenka Procházková was born in 1951 and began her career during the bleak years of‚ normalization that followed the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.  Having signed Charter 77 in 1979, she could only publish her work in samizdat until after 1989  —Padlock Editions produced by Ludvík Vaculík—and then the exile press in Toronto and Cologne. Her early prose, both stories and novels, deals predominantly with the dynamics of personal relationships, often marked by thwarted or failed love. Her first novel, Růžová dáma (The Pink Lady, 1980), won the prestigious North American émigré book award, the Egon Hostovský Prize, and soon appeared in German and Swedish translations. Before 1989, she was active in the Czechoslovak literary underground, and after the fall of communism, she emerged as a social activist. From 2003-07, she served as the Czech Cultural and Press Attaché to the Slovak Republic. In the early 1990s, several of her stories, including “The Woman Who Was Hungry,” were filmed for Czech Television.