Novelist, author of theater and radio plays and film screenwriter Roman Ráž was born in 1935. The Praguer graduated in art history and aesthetics in Brno, later in film studies and dramaturgy in Prague. He worked for radio and television. In addition to penning 25 novels, he also scripted two screenplays and 15 radio dramas. Some of his works were published in translation into German and Romanian. In the 1960s Ráž was well known far beyond the borders of Czechoslovakia. After crushing the Prague Spring uprising in 1968, the communist authorities suppressed his work for years.
The peak of the author’s work is his recently released period novel trilogy covering the 20th century. The first volume deals with World War I, the second with World War II and the third is dedicated to the communist era.
In 2015 Ráž was nominated for the State Prize for Literature.