After graduating from high school in 1940, he took the position of an employee. From 1945 he worked for the local national committee, in 1956 he took over the function of secretary of the writers' association Svaz spisovatelů and edited the magazine Květen ( Mai ). In 1968 he got involved in the Prague Spring . His works were then banned and he had to take a job with an insurance company. Only in 1984 was he allowed to return to literary work.
German language works:
- Year 21 (Ročník 21), (1954), a novel that describes the fate and life of Czech people who were used as forced laborers in Germany during the Second World War .
- Literature and other media by and about Karel Ptáčník in the catalog of the National Library of the Czech Republic
- Literature by and about Karel Ptáčník in the catalog of the German National Library
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Czech writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 27, 1921|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lundenburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 1, 2002|
|Place of death||Prague|