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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jan Novak  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1953 in Czechoslovakia


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Illinois Connection

The author immigrated to Chicago as a teenager in 1969 with his parents. He lived in Cicero and attended Morton East High School and the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Novak is a Chicago-based American novelist. He was born in Czechoslovakia in 1953 and spent his first 16 years there. Currently, he is a colleague of Vaclav Havel.


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Commies, crooks, gypsies, spooks & poets :
ISBN: 1883642094. OCLC Number: 31865697

Steerforth Press,. .

Journeying from Chicago for a year's stay in his Czech homeland, the author and his wife and two children live high and low amidst Prague's ancient glory and modern confusion, and Novak moves through Eastern Europe with a native's ease and a westerner's eye. His vivid accounts of daily life in the Czech Republic and of the tragic war unfolding next door in the former Yugoslavia are at once highly personal, raucous, comic, painful, and memorable. Novak ties his book together with personal accounts of fighting for oranges as a child in the Stalinist fifties, of getting beaten up by state security officers as a teenager in the sixties, of being expelled from his homeland "forever" in the seventies, and finally of passing on a sense of ethnic heritage to his American children.

Striptease Chicago
ISBN: 8020401318. OCLC Number: 27318712

Mladá fronta,. .

Striptease Chicago /
ISBN: 0887811299. OCLC Number: 9536175

Sixty-Eight Publishers,. .

The grand life :
ISBN: 0671643541. OCLC Number: 16090035

Poseidon Press,. .

The Willys dream kit /
ISBN: 0151967660. OCLC Number: 11496836

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,. .