PHOTO: Javier Gomá: Worldly Philosophy  08/11/17

Javier Gomá (1965, Bilbao) is one of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prolific and original thinkers. The debate with Javier Gomá was chaired by Michael Žantovský while the evening was introduced by His Excellency Pedro Calvo-Sotelo Ibáñez-Martín, Spain’s Ambassador to Prague. More


PHOTO: Ladislav Heryán: Hitchhiker on This Earth  06/11/17

The priest and Bible Studies expert Ladislav Heryán hold a debate with his friends, who also appear in his book Stopařem na této zemi (Hitchhiker on This Earth), Dana Němcová, Kateřina Jacques, Martin Bursík, and students of the Jabok Higher Vocational School on the connection between faith and the desire to participate in the creation of a free space. More


PHOTO: Tuvia Tenenbom: Divided America  05/11/17

The Israeli-American writer, journalist and playwright (born 1957) presented The Lies They Tell, an unusually witty and simultaneously alarming exploration of the contemporary US. The book, though it was written before Donald Trump’s victory, explores the roots of today’s political transformations in the US, the disconnect between the liberal coasts and the rest of the country and incredibly widespread anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel, as well as the US’s hypocritical stance toward blacks. In the book Tenenbom criss-crosses the country, posing clever, seemingly naïve questions in conversations with hundreds of people to compose a picture that has left many both entertained and astonished. Tenenbom is neither of the left nor of the right but is essentially seeking the truth. In so doing he annoys all and sundry. Introduced by Daniel Anýž and Jan Pergler (publishers Zeď). More


PHOTO: From Puzuk to Sakatek: Ivan M. Havel 1938–1989  20/10/17

Jana Wohlmuth Markupová’s publication Od Puzuka k Sakatekovi. Ivan M. Havel 1938–1989 (From Puzuk to Sakatek: Ivan M. Havel 1938–1989) introduces readers to the life of an important continuator of the Havel family, a scientist, intellectual and writer who has been active in a number of different, at first sight incompatible worlds, on the boundary between the official and unofficial spheres, a person who brings together science and art. This effort to understand the personality of Ivan M. Havel is accompanied by an awareness of his broader, in particular family, context, reaching back to the early 20th century.  More


PHOTO: Margaret Atwood in Prague – Hag-Seed and Other Work  19/10/17

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, feminist and social activist. From 1984 to 1986 she was president of the PEN Club. A Harvard University graduate, she explores Canadian literature and national identity in her academic work. She is the author of numerous short stories, novels, poetry collections and children’s books. Among her works are the psychological novel Life Before Man (1979), The Robber Bride (1993), The Blind Assassin (2000), the social sci-fi Oryx and Crake (2003), Hag-Seed (2016) and the short story collections Bluebeard’s Egg (1983) and The Tent (2006). Her best-known work is the “speculative” novel set in the near future The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), which this year was turned into a TV series. More



21/11/17 19:00

Russian Aggression in Ukraine Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

Russian aggression against Ukraine represents perhaps the greatest challenge to European security since 1945. Not only has it been an attack on the very foundations of the system of international law, it also raises with new urgency the question of how far the offensive ambitions of the current Russian regime can go. More

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