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.
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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