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Reza Mirchi: Václav Havel in Modern Iranian Literature and Theatre

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 13, 2017, 17:00 – 19:00

Bohemist and translator Reza Mirchi will present films and documents mapping performances of Václav Havel’s plays in Tehran theatres and clubs, discuss the works by Havel that have been translated and published in Iran, and reflect on how contemporary Iranians view his philosophy and legacy.

Brain teasers have been prepared for participants, with rewards for correct answers.

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Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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