The Czech author will receive the award for the diversity of his literature and his ability to work with different forms including novels, plays and comics.
Jaroslav Rudiš (b. 1972) studied German and history and while staying in Germany wrote his debut work Nebe pod Berlínem (The Sky Under Berlin, 2002), which was a surprise hit and led critics to describe Rudiš as a punk Bohumil Hrabal. Since then Rudiš has written a number of popular novels, e.g. Konec punku v Helsinkách (The End of Punk in Helsinki, 2010) and Národní třída (National Avenue, 2013) and wrote the script to the successful comics trilogy Alois Nebel which was adapted into a feature animated film. He is the winner of the Jiří Orten Award for authors under thirty, the Alfréd Radok Award and the Czech Radio Prize, and was nominated for a Magnesia Litera Award. His books have been translated into many languages including German, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch.