Dyk, Viktor

Dyk, Viktor

(vĭk`tôr dĭk), 1877–1931, Czech writer and nationalist. Dyk considered his novels, satires, short stories, plays, and poems as weapons in the struggle to free his country from Austrian rule. A long poem, The Window (1920), describes his experiences in an Austrian prison. As a dramatist he is best known for The Messenger (1907), which concerns the Czech loss of independence, and for the satirical play, Andrew and the Dragon (1920).
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Dyk, Viktor


Born Dec. 31, 1877, in Psovka, near the city of Mělnńk; died May 14, 1931, at Lopud Island, Yugoslavia. Czech author.

Dyk began writing in the late 1890’s as a symbolist. He was also the author of political satires. Dyk’s poetry from the period of World War I, which is full of enthusiasm for the struggle for national independence, forms the book A War Tetralogy (1915-22). Dyk also wrote prose, dramas, and journalistic works. His novel The End of Hackenschmid (1904) is dedicated to the anti-Austrian movement in Bohemia. After the creation of the Czechoslovak bourgeois state (1918), Dyk assumed a reactionary political position.


In Russian translation:
In Antologiia cheshskoi poezii, vol. 2. Moscow, 1959.


Buriánek, F. Generace buřičů. Prague, 1968. Pages 138-46.
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