Arnošt Lustig was born in Prague in 1926. He authored several short stories and more than 20 books, including Night and Hope (1957); Dita Saxová (1962), winner of a National Jewish Book Award; and A Prayer for Katerina Horovitzova (1973). His writing was greatly influenced by his own experiences during World War II; as a teenager, he was imprisoned in concentration camps and eventually escaped to return to Prague in 1945. Lustig was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize in 2008. He was a professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C., for 30 years before retiring and moving back to Prague. Lustig died in 2011.
Audio Recordings with Arnošt Lustig
- Vasily Aksyonov, Arnost Lustig, and Elisavietta Ritchie reading from their work