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Karol Sidon: Where Foxes Bid Goodnight

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 11, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The fantasy novel Outsider closes the tetralogy Where Foxes Bid Goodnight by Chaim Cigan. In the work Cigan (the pseudonym of the prose author, dramatist and former chief rabbi of Prague, Karel Sidon) attempts to pull together the stories of multiple heroes we have encountered in this and parallel worlds in the previous three books and to rectify that which was originally unleased by a discovery that enabled time travel.

The novel has a strong political line and considers possible future scenarios for the world, none of which might be dubbed optimistic; though a mutual enemy briefly causes the Arab and Jewish worlds to come together, this gives rise to a previously inconceivable alliance driven not only by political logic but also by the swollen egos of leaders and insurmountable prejudices. With this book Karol Sidon again demonstrates that his literary arsenal includes language, imagination and the ability to create vibrant, believable and all-too-human characters.

Literary historian and theoretician Petr A. Bílek will chair the debate with Karol Sidon.

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Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„When such events happen, there is inevitably a call for the further homogenization of society,; we get rid of the Jews, then Germans, the bourgeoisie, then dissidents, then Slovaks – and who will be next in line? The Roma? Homosexuals? All foreigners? And who will be left? Pure-blooded little Czechs in their own little garden. It’s not just that such a position or, ultimately, such a policy is immoral, it’s also suicidal.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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