URBANEK, Zdenek. Czech, b. 1917. Genres: Novels, Novellas/Short stories, Essays. Career: Sfinx Publishing House, Prague, Czechoslovakia, editor, until c. 1942; Narodni Osvobozeni (title means "National Liberation"), Prague, member of editorial staff, 1945-48; free-lance translator; head of Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, for two years; free-lance writer. Also worked during World War II as a horse driver at father's farm. Publications: The Dawn of Sadness (short stories), 1939; A Dark Stroke (short stories), 1940; The Story of the Pale Dominic (novel), 1940; Lives and Consciences (short stories), 1944; Following Don Quixote (novel), 1949; The Creators of the World, 1988; On the Sky's Clayey Bottom: Sketches and Happenings from the Years of Silence, trans. by W. Harkins introduced by Vaclav Havel as Four Walls Eight Windows, 1992; The Lost Country (stories), 1992; Uncommon Cases (essays), 1993. Address: Stresovicka 64, 16200 Praha 6, Czech Republic.