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Koubská, Stránský, Pithart: Grandfather’s Diary. An ordinary life in extraordinary times

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 7, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

In the book Dědečkův deník (Grandfather’s Diary) journalist Libuše Koubská offers a documentary and literary exploration of the story of “her soul”, more precisely the story of a Czech-German family whose lives were marked dramatically and tragically by so-called great events of the 20th century: the First Republic, the Protectorate, the wild post-war expulsions and the early 1950s.

Politician Petr Pithart and writer Jiří Stránský will discuss with Libuše Koubská this story, which though it concluded badly also imparts the courage to live honestly, decently and in an everyday manner despite awareness of guaranteed unhappy endings.

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