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What is the Point of Books in the Midst of Wartime Chaos?

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 22, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

For Ghias Mousli to reach Prague, he has to leave Homs by taxi, cross a war zone and hope that he doesn’t miss his flight from Beirut due to holdups at the border. He is one of the few citizens of the war-torn city who can travel to Europe freely – thanks to having Slovak citizenship.

As well as his work as a doctor, surgeon Ghias Mousli, who studied medicine at Charles University in the late 1960s, is a literary translator. Over almost three decades he has translated numerous Czech and Slovak works of literature into Arabic.

He is coming to Prague for a residency at the Czech Literary Centre.

The evening will be hosted by Jáchym Topol, whose novel Noční práce (Nightwork) is currently being translated by Mousli.

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„So-called contradictions between different schools of thought do not bother me in the least, and it doesn’t seem at all perverse to conduct oneself quite “situationally” in that regard. If a certain term, or terminology or theory seems apt in a given situation or context, I have no compunctions whatsoever about exploiting it to the full ( and I don’t mind if it makes me seem like an epigone). At the same time, however, I don’t feel the least bit bound by any “allegiance”.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, May 1, 1981

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