Arnost Lustig (1926-2011)
Over the weekend came the sad news that Arnost Lustig had passed away. Although the links I’ve begun to collect here can give you a few points of knowledge about him, it’s not possible for me to transmit his vitality and extraordinarily sunny outlook here. I wish I had that talent.
I will try to update this page regularly as an ongoing tribute to Arnost.
Obituary from the Western Michigan University English Department. For many years, Arnost taught in WMU’s Prague Summer Program. That is where I had the great privilege to meet him in 2004, when I attended PSP and enrolled in Arnost’s fiction class, an experience I alluded to just last month.
“We all will miss the personality of his talent and his personal and artistic qualities,” said Czech president Vaclav Klaus (quoted in the Prague Daily Monitor).
“Hundreds of People Commemorate Late Czech Jewish Writer Lustig”.
Square Books of Oxford, Miss., recalls Arnost’s work and “a memorable reading” that he gave at its former site in 1996.
Author Leslie Pietrzyk recalls one of her first writing teachers: Arnost Lustig.
Former student Ben Krull remembers Arnost–and his extraordinary optimism–for The Jewish Week.
Tim Chilcote, Arnost’s former student and teaching assistant, shares his reflections.
Obituary from The Washington Post (Arnost was a retired American University professor).
Obituary from The New York Times.
Obituary from The Independent.
Obituary on Colophon (book blog of The Prague Post).
Obituary from the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.
Obituary from JTA (please scroll down).
Obituary from Variety, with attention to film adaptations of Arnost’s novels and Arnost’s own appearance in the documentary, Fighter (which was screened for our PSP cohort back in 2004, with Arnost present to discuss).
Radio Praha feature, “Arnošt Lustig behind the counter at the Franz Kafka book shop in Prague” (2010).
Ynet profile (2010).
Radio Praha feature, “Arnost Lustig: Love in the Proximity of Death” (2007). Interview with the author and discussion of some of his works.
Arnost Lustig reads from Lovely Green Eyes and is interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air (2002).
Interview in Central Europe Review (2001).
Books and Writers page.