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Forsaken Society

  • Where: Lucerna Gallery, Štěpánská 61, Praha 1
  • When: October 4, 2017, 17:30 – 21:00

Debate linked to the publication of Erik Tabery’s book Opuštěná Společnost (Forsaken Society), which explores the development of the Czech state and the challenges it faces today and will face in future. Are we capable of learning from our hitherto mistakes? What advice can history give us? It is possible to completely change the basic values of a state, the values it was originally built on? Is populism a driving force today? These and other issues will be discussed.

Guests: Erik Tabery, editor-in-chief of the weekly Respekt, Jiří Pehe, political scientist and commentator, Jaroslav Šebek, historian focused on the history of Czech political parties at the Institute of History at the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Chaired by Andrea Procházková.

The debate is organised by Názorování in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Paseka publishing house.


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A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„The point I am trying to make is that words are a mysterious, ambiguous, ambivalent and perfidious phenomenon. They can be rays of light in a realm of darkness, as Belinsky once described Ostrovsky’s Storm. They can also be lethal arrows. Worst or all, at times they can be one or the other. They can even be both at once!“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Václav Havel’s Prague