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Lost in Translation

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 14, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

There are times when you are walking in the forest early in the morning and you repeat those short lines to yourself and suddenly something goes off in your mind and you see the world through the author’s eyes. You make a leap into another life, like when lightning lights up the landscape at night. It’s one of the most wonderful feelings I know.” Jaroslav Kořán

There is a prevalent myth that Czech literary translation has a long tradition and is of very high quality. But what about the present? The ranks of young literary translators are if anything thinning. Why? Have they got issues with conditions surrounding contemporary Czech literary work? Fees that haven’t changed in 20 years? An overcrowded literary market where buying ads on the Metro is the only way to make an impression? What do the organisations in the field (the Translators Community and the Interpreters and Translators Union) actually do? What is the vision of contemporary literary translation?

The evening will be hosted by Tereza Semotamová.

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Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

„My somewhat desultory attitude about studying Kafka’s works comes from my vague feeling that I don't need to read and re-read everything Kafka has written because I know what I’ll find there anyway. I'm even secretly persuaded that if Kafka did not exist, and if I were a better writer than I am, I would have written all his works myself.“

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, April 26, 1990

Václav Havel’s Prague