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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

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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

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PHOTO: Orly Castel-Bloom: Textile  18/10/17

Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom has received numerous literary awards and is regarded as one of the most influential intellectual voices in Israel today. She has taught at Oxford and Harvard and is now based at Tel Aviv University. Her new novel Textile is a humorous, at times almost surreal story about a family living in a wealthy suburb of Tel Aviv. While the father of the household, Irad Gruber, is an eccentric scientist and is working on a suicide-bombing resistant jacket for the army (and the entire planet), the mother, Mandy Gruber, heads a family clothing factory making pyjamas for an ultra-orthodox clientele… More

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PHOTO: Zdeněk Urbánek – Poet, Writer, Translator, Gentleman  13/10/17

Symposium held on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zdeněk Urbánek – a poet of the type of Jiří Orten or Ivan Blatný, an essayist, singular prose writer and distinctive translator of Anglo-American literature, including William Shakespeare, one of the first signatories of Charter 77, a recipient of the Righteous Among Nations honorific and a good man. More

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PHOTO: 5th international Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Conference  12/10/17

In democratic societies, there exists a fundamental consensus about the importance of human rights and adherence to human rights standards. This consensus, however, begins to falter when specific human rights are found to be in an apparent or genuine conflict with other important human sights, such as security, prosperity or the majority principle in a democracy. More

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