Marek Toman

Marek Toman

Writer

Marek Toman (born in 1967) is a writer and journalist known for his historical novels children's books. In Chvála oportunismu (In Praise of Opportunism, 2016), he explores Czech history from the perspective of the Černín Palace in Prague, focusing on figures such as J. Masaryk and R. Heydrich. Neptunova jeskyně (Neptune's Cave, 2018) captures the layered history of Prague's Czech-Jewish-German Vinohrady district and Grébovka villa through the eyes of the Neptune statue. Oko žraloka (The Eye of the Shark, 2018) delves into the stories of Czech International Brigaders, leftists, and tramps from the viewpoint of J. Klecan, the anti-hero from Fučík's Reportáž psaná na oprátce (Report From the End of the Noose). This novel led to the publication of newly discovered letters by Klecan in Zrádce, hrdina, spisovatel? (Traitor, Hero, or Writer?, 2021). In Panna (The Virgin, 2022), Toman tells a story from Příbram about a man who spent decades in hiding set against the backdrop of the communist effort to build a new society in Příbram.
His children's book Cukrárna U Šilhavého Jima (Cross-Eyed Jim’s Confectionary, 2018) is about a brave librarian promoting the beauty of literature among backwoodsmen. Neskutečná dobrodružství Florentina Flowerse (The Incredible Adventures of Florentin Flowers, 2019) depicts a boy from a good family who must rewrite the ship's log for the cruelest pirate captain around. The trilogy promoting reading and literacy concludes with "Nožička and Wohryzek" (2022), where a young Czech-American seeks his kidnapped father with the help of K. Čapek, F. Kafka, and J. Hašek.
Toman also wrote the script for the comic "Odsunuté děti" (Displaced Children, 2021) depicting the stories of Sudeten Germans' displaced children. He regularly appears in libraries, schools, and festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, including performances with his Theatre Čučka. His books for adults and children have received multiple literary awards and have been translated into ten languages.