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Zdeněk Urbánek – Poet, Writer, Translator, Gentleman

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 12, 2017, 13:30 – 17:00

I actually grew up my whole life in a spiritual space whose only sign or pointer was that lifelong friend of mine.”  Václav Havel, 1997

Symposium held on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Zdeněk Urbánek – a poet of the type of Jiří Orten or Ivan Blatný, an essayist, singular prose writer and distinctive translator of Anglo-American literature, including William Shakespeare, one of the first signatories of Charter 77, a recipient of the Righteous Among Nations honorific and a good man.

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A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

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

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague