Drabek returns to Prague for launch
March 23rd, 2016
Jan Drabek’s biography of Vladimir Krajina, the World War Czech Resistance hero and founder of B.C.’s Ecological Reserve Program and holder of both the highest Canadian and Czech decorations, will soon be published in Prague. Published by Ronsdale Press in 2012 as Vladimir Krajina, World War II Hero and Ecology Pioneer, it was re-launched in a Czech version at the Canadian Embassy in Prague as Dva Zivoty Vladimira Krajiny (Two Lives of Vladimir Krajina). The Canadian ambassador Otto Jelinek is a Czech native and a former member of Canadian Parliament who won a world championship medal for Canada in pairs figure skating with his sister in 1962. Drabek undertook the translation himself. “Of particular interest for me is the fact that the Canada Council doesn’t provide grants for authors who translate their own works, even if they have as many credits in both languages as I have.” The Czech biography of Krajina is Drabek’s 22nd volume, five of which he has translated.