Patrik Ouředník was born in Prague on 23rd April 1957. He studied acting and directing at the People’s Art School in Prague (1974-76) and has lived in France since 1985. He has published sixteen books in Czech, of which three have been translated into English: Europeana: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century, Case Closed and The Opportune Moment, 1855. All of his English translations are published by Dalkey Archive Press.Established in 1995, the State Award for Literature is given for an original Czech literary work or for an author’s body of work. The winner is decided by a jury selected by the Czech Ministry of Culture.