Ladislav Mňačko

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Ladislav Mňačko (1919-1994) was a Slovak journalist and writer who was initially an ardent supporter of communism but from 1950s became increasingly critical of communist reality. After the invasion of the Czecho-Slovakia by armies of Warsaw pact in 1968, he went into exile and settled in Austria and West Germany until the Velvet revolution of 1989.[1]


Political Essays

  • Agresori (Aggressors), 1968
  • Siedma noc (The Seventh Night), 1969


  • Kde sa končia prašné cesty (Where dusty roads end), 1962
  • Oneskorené reportáže (Overdue reports), 1963, serialized reports on the lawlessness of Stalinist period


  • Smrť sa volá Engelchen (Death is called Engelchen), 1959, autobiographical book on Slovak 1944 uprising, the partisan struggle at the end of WW II, also made into movie
  • Ako chutí moc (The taste of power), 1967, exposition of regime's mechanisms
  • Súdruh Münchhausen (Comrade Münchhausen), 1972, written in exile, critical of Communist regime

See also


  1. Wojciech Roszkowski, Jan Kofman (2016). Biographical Dictionary of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century. Routledge, 2063. ISBN 9781317475934.