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Katalpa, Myšková: The Prose of Slums and Burrows

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 5, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The experienced prose author Jakuba Katalpa (real name Tereza Jandová), best-known for her previous novel Němci (The Germans) (2012), has just published the novel Doupě (The Burrow) on the Host imprint. The less experienced prose author Ivana Myšková, who won acclaim for her prose debut Nícení (2012), brought out a short story collection, Bílá zvířata jsou velmi často hluchá (White animals are very often deaf) through the same publishing house in May this year.

They issued their previous titles in the same year and are bringing out new ones in the same year. What do these solitary authors with a penchant for the bizarre have in common? And how do they differ? Will their prose focused on missed opportunities and misunderstandings find common ground during the evening, or will it fail to connect?

Interspersed with readings from the books in question, the evening will be moderated by Jan Němec.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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