On 3 April 2013, David Jan Novotny, vice-rector of Literary Academy and prize-winning author, launched his new novel Gilgul, a European thriller with a grammatical twist
Before becoming a writer, right after finishing school, the Czech-Jewish writer (Prague, 1947) challenged the working class by carrying out all possible kind of jobs: postal serviceman, coachman, herdsman, assistant driver in a bakery, night porter, cleaner in the theatre and assistant driver in soap distribution.
Some other jobs of this time led him to what he started to develop as an artistic search in script-writing and literature: assistant production manager and assistant camera operator in Short film Prague, assistant production manager in Barrandov Studios and worker at a printing house.
From 1971-1976, Novothy studied at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and from 1977-1990 he joined the Film studio Barrandov with the aim of becoming a scriptwriter.
Since then, Novothy also defied the academic world by being acknowledged with several positions: (at the FAMU), head of department of scriptwriting and dramaturgy, higher doctorate, associate professorship, deputy chairman of council for PhD study, professor of Cinema Studies Program for foreign students. Nominated professor at department of Journalism at Charles University in Prague, member of Czech writers community, member of Czech Film and TV Union rector of Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek in Pisek and current vice-rector at Literary Academy of Josef Škvorecký.
Even so, non of this biographical attempt challenged him as all his work developed in more than fifteen books and around six films.
The Literary Academy of Prague celebrates and honors his new publishing achievement “with kosher wine”.