Emil Hakl

Emil Hakl (aka Jan Beneš), a fiction writer and a poet, was born in Prague in 1958. After graduating from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatorium, he worked as a copywriter and as the editor of the literary magazine Tvar. In the late eighties, Hakl founded an informal literary group called Moderní analfabet. Hakl made his literary debut with two collections of poetry, followed shortly by a collection of stories entitled Konec sveta (2001). Since then Hakl has written a novel , Intimní schránka Sabriny Black (2002), a novella O rodicích a detech (2002), and another collection of stories O létajících objektech (2004). Hakl’s fiction is set in a Prague inhabited by intriguing characters that speak the language of the city’s pubs and bars. Emil Hakl won the distinguished Magnesia Litera Prize for his novel O rodicích a detech, which in 2008 was adapted into a film.

Publications by Emil Hakl

On Flying Objects

Whether evading the expectations of adult life, or finding themselves drawn to characters they’re simultaneously repulsed by, each one of Hakl's characters holds a mirror up to the peculiar failings of masculinity.

Anthologies featuring Emil Hakl

Decapolis: Tales from Ten Cities

Decapolis is a book which imagines the city otherwise. Bringing together ten writers from across Europe, it offers snapshots of their native cities, freezing for a moment the characters and complexities that define them.