Ota Filip was born on March 9, 1930, in Slezská Ostrava, in the present-day Czech Republic and died on March 2, 2018.
He was a Czech novelist and journalist.
Filip’s novels have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish and Polish; and he has also written his works in German and Czech.
In the communist era, the government of Czechoslovakia, banned or censored by the authorities, and after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact Armed Forces in 1968, Filip was sentenced for his dissident activities, and incarcerated between 1969–1971.
The banned was his reason to move to Germany in 1974.
Some of his work focused on the themes of the migrant or dislocated individual by critics such as Dorothea Uhle.
He has been awarded The Adelbert von Chamisso-Preis for German writing by a non-native German speaker.
The President of the Czech Republic awarded Filip a National Medal of Merit in Fine Arts, on October 28, 2012.
Ota Filip died at 87 years old.