Petr Stančík

Stancik 2015_11_29-20151129-212856The poet, novelist and dramatist Petr Stančík considers reality to be an illusion, which can be created or even produced. In his books he presents a blend of facts, phantasmagoria, mystery and pleasures of life. Readers as well as literary critics love Stančík’s unique universe of fiction. He is the author of fourteen books, using a wide range of genres: novels, poetry, literary studies, children’s literature and theatre plays. For his novel Mlýn na mumie (Mummy Mill) the author received the prestigious Magnesia Litera Award in 2015.

Born in 1968, Stančík studied directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Today he earns his living as a copywriter and consultant. He lives with his wife and two daughters near Prague.

 

 


 

A selection of titles

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Andělí vejce (An Angel’s Egg)

Publisher: Druhé město, Brno, 2016
ISBN: 978-80-7227-385-0
200 pages

History books give 8 May 1945 as the date when World War II officially ended in Europe. Few people know that in the Czech Republic, it lasted a few days longer. Peace celebrations were already well under way, but guns rattled on the demarcation line between the American and Russian army positions as late as 12 May 1945.

The author has chosen this lesser known historical event as the backdrop to his newest book, a comic horror full of unbridled imagination. The book blends two story lines: in the first one, we follow the story of the book’s protagonist, Augustin Hnát: his birth and youth in the countryside; meeting his first love; the battles of the First World War, which take him to the farthest reaches of Siberia; and finally, the 12th of May, 1945. The second story line describes the fateful last day, May 12, as experienced by Augustin Hnát, from dawn till dusk. Both story lines merge in a dramatic finale where there is nothing to laugh at any more.

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Mlýn na mumie (Mummy Mill)

Publisher: Druhé město, Brno, 2014
ISBN 978-80-7227-358-4
394 pages

Culinary delicacies, eroticism, philosophical questions and strange murders – these are the ingredients, with which Petr Stančík blends a postmodern grotesque thriller. The fantasy novel takes place in the historical background of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. At that time a serial killer emerges in the historical center of Prague. Commissioner Leopold Durman is on his trail. Building around precise historical facts Petr Stančík develops a bizarre fiction. In a baroque narrative style he lets his readers dive into a mystical 19th century Prague. There the main hero pursues not only the murderer, but also all thinkable pleasures of life. He tastes imaginative meals, such as bat breast fricassee or roasted hedgehog, and also enjoys physical love in many lewd variants.

On another level the author portrays the conflict between individual murder, which society punishes, and institutionalized killing by the army, which on the contrary is rewarded. In the end it is not the aim of the author to find out who the murderer was, but rather to create a whimsical and imaginative narrative world, which in every sense is dripping with opulence.

The title has been published in Hungary, Spain and Poland in 2016.

Rights sold: Macedonian


 

Of one thing I am sure: Stančík has created the most vivid evocation of Prague in recent years, and if Angelo Maria Ripellino were to write a new Magic Prague today, he wouldn’t be able to ignore this masterpiece of Prague literature.

Bogdan Trojak, Czech-Polish poet


 

Stančík simply enjoys himself. His novel is the type of book you want to take everywhere, enthusiastically quoting from it at every opportunity.

Boris Hokr, Aktualne.cz


 

The attraction of this novel lies in the “incorrect” humor and ingenuity with which the author mocks historical narratives.

Ondřej Nezbeda, Respekt

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Pérák

Publisher: Akropolis, Praha 2014
ISBN 978-80-7304-183-0
431 pages

His name was Frank Pérák and people knew him as a mysterious figure with jumping springs on his feet. The fictional hero was raging in the occupied Czech Lands during World War II, jumping even over high tenements and also across the Vltava River valley. According to legend he fought the German occupiers and collaborators, sabotaging their war economy. No one really knows who Frank Pérák was, except Petr Stančík, who has dedicated a whole novel to this superhero resisting the Nazis. The read offers a combination of thrilling narration, lessons in history and precisely measured doses of humor.


 

Peter Stančík embellished the supernatural ability of Pérák to crush enemies and has created a story so sophisticated, that Superman and Batman pale in comparison.

Martin Ťopek, nekultura.cz