Jan Kostrhun


May 21, 2022

Jan Kostrhun (July 3, 1942 Podivín - May 2, 2022) was a Czech writer, screenwriter and politician of the CSSD, a member of the Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting, after the Velvet Revolution a Czechoslovak member of the House of the Federal Assembly for the Agricultural Party and LSU, 90s Member of the Chamber of Deputies for the CSSD.


Professional and artistic career

He was married and has three children. His father Jan Kostrhun (born 1921) was a journalist and editor of Zemědělské noviny. He graduated from an eleven-year high school in Břeclav, where he graduated in 1959. In 1964 he graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Agriculture in Brno. From 1965 to 1984 he worked as a zootechnician. First at the Drnholec State Farm, after basic military service in the District Breeding Center in Hustopeče near Brno, initially as a breeding zootechnician, later a professional consultant and breeder. From 1985 to 1990, he worked as a screenwriter. However, he has been active as a writer, screenwriter and publicist since 1965. He is the author or co-author of 25 books, five feature films, five documentaries, two television productions and five radio plays. He is the winner of several awards for literature and screenplay and a member of the PEN Club. , Creation, Universitas, Literary Monthly, Tribe, Young World, Porcupine, Vlasta, Painted Region, Seven Pioneers, Red Law, as well as in the newspaper Smena in Slovakia and in the Soviet magazine Chudožestvennaja literatura. In 1970, as a book debut, he published the short story Štika in the anthology O rybářích pro rybáře. Then, in the 1970s, he profiled himself as an author of novels with a contemporary theme (Black Sheep and Poachers), which dealt with the topic of rural socialization and emigration. Additionally, after reworking, he also published the prose Wedding in Borrowed Dresses and Spotted Kajda. Stylistically, he used exaggeration, irony. Since the turn of the 1970s and 1980s, more critical attitudes have appeared in his work, less tied to normalization ideology (the novel What would it be if it were love). He developed the development after 1989 in the prose Ballad of a Doll with erotic motifs. During this period he also published other books (Fairy Tales of Reconciliation, Brides of Moravia), in which he focuses on regional topics. He was also active in radio and television production, where he wrote several episodes of the series for Czechoslovak Radio in 1977-1979 How are you, Vondra? (1977–1979). Czechoslovak television gave him space to collaborate on the films Black Sheep (Bratislava 1974) and Páslo dievča páva (1993). He also had a shot in filmmaking. Together with director Hynek Bočan, he co-wrote the screenplay Plavání hřbit (1975), co-authored the films Face behind the Glass (1979), Poachers (1981) and Vintage (1982) and authored the theme and screenplay for the film Seventh Heaven (1987) and the documentaries Solo for the singer (1987) and The Landscape of the Vine Leaf (2004), significantly awarded in France. As a screenwriter, he participated in the television entertainment program We Are Anyone ... and documentaries from the Our Country series. He also wrote the screenplay for the television film The Smell of Money from the series Detective Martin Tomsa (1994).

Political career

In 1968 he was a member of the Communist Party, but his membership was then revoked at his own request. He joined politics again after the Velvet Revolution. In 1990, he was a founding member of the Agricultural Party. He remained in the Federal Assembly until the demise of Czechoslovakia in December 1992. After the opera