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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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Diary entry for 5. December 2005, To the Castle and Back

„In short, Being has a memory. And thus even my insignificance – as a bourgeois child, a laboratory assistant, a soldier, a stagehand, a playwright, a dissident, a prisoner, a president, a pensioner, a public phenomenon, and a hermit, an alleged hero but secretly a bundle of nerves – will remain here for ever, or rather not here, but somewhere. But not, however, elsewhere. Somewhere here.“

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Diary entry for 5. December 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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