Time that you devote to your children is the best used one
Marek Irgl was born on the 26th of August 1965 in Valašské Meziříčí. His parents Emil and Zdena Irglovi had a well-supplied library at home and they presented their love to literature to their sons. Marek had read dozens of books when he was only a child. He loved adventures and Jaroslav Foglar became his most favourite author. However, Foglar´s books could not have been published during normalization which lead him to read and look for literature which was on a list of forbidden literature at that time. He became fond of The Beatles and of other bands of forbidden Western culture thanks to his older brother Richard. He discovered the work by Josef Škvorecký, Milan Kundera and Ludvík Vaculík when studying at grammar school. He decided to connect his hobby with other education and after Secondary-school leaving exam in 1984 he started to study the Czech Language and History Teaching at Faculty of Arts in Olomouc. He was fairly disappointed by the fact that there were a lot of high-quality works of world and Czechoslovak literature missing in the curriculum because of the forbidden books. He started to meet a dissident and a Charter 77 member from the area of Valašské Meziříčí Jaromír Čechura and he immediately started to take part in copying and sharing of books that could not have been published in Czechoslovakia. He and his friend Jiří Majdloch set out for Munich in 1985 and they met with exiled singer-songwriter Karel Kryl there. With help of Marek´s future wife and her friend, they smuggled his Krylogie and other books that they had bought in a Munich exile bookshop Dialog to Czechoslovakia. Marek Irgl took part in a similar smuggling mission twice more. He and his wife Jana set out for Munich to see Karel Kryl again in 1988 and he recommended them Swizz exile publishing house Konfrontace (“Confrontation”) where the married couple got hold of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. For the third time, they smuggled printed materials that they had gained during a folklore festival in Budapest in 1989 where Jaroslav Hutka or Zdeněk “London” Vokatý performed. Thanks to the access to a room with a Xerox during his military service from 1988 to 1989, he was able to copy a complete text of a novel Black Barons by Miloslav Švandrlík. In November 1989, Marek Irgl participated in the genesis of Civic Forum in Valašské Meziříčí and he took part in political-social meetings with the communist town officers about handing control to democrats. He appreciates that his wife Jana supported him even in the uncertain revolutionary period. They have raised two daughters Markéta and Zuzana together. Markéta became a well-known musician and she is Oscar winner for being a co-author of the Falling Slowly song.