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Martin Ryšavý

Martin Ryšavý (b. 1967) is a Czech author, screenwriter, and director. He studied biology at Charles University and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, where he is currently head of the Department of Screenwriting and Script Editing. He has made several documentaries focusing on ethnographic issues in Siberia and Vietnam, including the award-winning Afoňka už nechce pást soby (2004; Aphonka Doesn’t Want to Herd Reindeer Anymore), and has written screenplays for several feature and TV films. His two-volume Cesty na Sibiř (2008; Journeys to Siberia) was shortlisted for the Josef Škvorecký Prize and won the Magnesia Litera Award for Prose. He received the Pavel Koutecký Award for his film Země snů (2009; Land of Dreams), about unemployed Vietnamese workers in the Czech Republic. His 2010 novel Vrač (Talespinner) won both the Magnesia Litera Award for Prose and the Josef Škvorecký Prize. In 2012 it received the Bank Austria Literaris prize, and the German translation, Dimitrij der Heiler, was published by Wieser Verlag in 2012.

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