Michal Viewegh

Michal Viewegh (born 31 March 1962 in Prague) is a contemporary Czech writer. He writes about romantic relationships of his contemporaries with humour, variously successful irony as well as attempts at deeper meaningfulness; he is sometimes compared to Nick Hornby by his fans.

His books, since the late 1990s published every spring, usually sell about 50,000 copies each, bringing him an upper-high-class income unparalleled among Czech writers. By his own boastful admissions, his royalties from a successful book are equal to roughly 8 years of an average Czech salary. His 2004 income was CZK four million. His work has been translated into 23 languages.

He is the recipient of the Jiří Orten Award (1993) and the Magnesia Litera Readers’ award (2005).

Viewegh is a political adversary of the former Czech president Václav Klaus. In some of his recent novels this attitude has been strongly and pointedly manifested.

In late 2012 Viewegh suffered a traumatic aortic rupture and his health condition was serious. He is out of danger now, rehabilitating at the Prague's Malvazinky clinic regularly, though his ability to write again is questioned.

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