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Miloslav Švandrlík (10 August 1932 – 26 October 2009) was a Czech writer and humourist. He also used the pseudonym Roman Kefalín.


After finishing secondary school he took a number of jobs and also completed a two-year teaching course at a music college in Prague. Subsequently in 1950 he obtained his matura diploma. Between 1951 and 1953 he studied at the Faculty of Theatre in Prague, but left after two years.

After the completion of his studies he became an assistant director at the Vesnické Theatre [cs] in Prague. Švandrlík joined the Auxiliary Technical Unit of the Czechoslovakian army (compulsory at the time) in October 1953. Shortly after he left in winter 1955, he worked as a teaching assistant for Korean children in Liběšice before becoming a professional writer.

One of his most famous books called Black Barons (Černí Baroni aneb Válčili jsme za Čepičky), is based on stories from the time he served in the military service. It pictures an ironic and satiric form of absurdity in the socialistic army of the time. Most of the work Švandrlík ever published was humorous and satiric, but he is also known for his contribution in the books for children.

Švandrlík contributed regularly to a number of magazines and newspapers such as Dikobraz [cs] and also to theatre. In his written work he often cooperated with Jiří Winter Neprakta, mostly coming up with texts for Winter's drafted jokes. He also wrote a number of screen plays and plays for radio shows.

Honours and awards

For a long time Švandrlík lived in Chodov, Prague. A few days before his death in 2009, he became an honorary citizen of Prague 11.

On 21 April 2010, a field bordered by the streets Skřivanova, Lažanského, Švabinského and 7. května in Chodov was named after him. A bust of Švandrlík by the Czech artist Miroslav Pangrác [cs] was unveiled there on 14 October 2010.

Miloslav Švandrlík was buried at the Church of the Holy Trinity [cs] in Kutná Hora.

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