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Orly Castel-Bloom: Textile

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 16, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom has received numerous literary awards and is regarded as one of the most influential intellectual voices in Israel today. She has taught at Oxford and Harvard and is now based at Tel Aviv University. Her new novel Textile is a humorous, at times almost surreal story about a family living in a wealthy suburb of Tel Aviv. While the father of the household, Irad Gruber, is an eccentric scientist and is working on a suicide-bombing resistant jacket for the army (and the entire planet), the mother, Mandy Gruber, heads a family clothing factory making pyjamas for an ultra-orthodox clientele…

The book will be presented by Orly Castel-Bloom and Hana Ullmanová from Charles University’s Faculty of Arts.

Introduction by Michael Žantovský.

Interpreting into Czech provided.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Garamond publishing house and the Embassy of the State of Israel.

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Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„When such events happen, there is inevitably a call for the further homogenization of society,; we get rid of the Jews, then Germans, the bourgeoisie, then dissidents, then Slovaks – and who will be next in line? The Roma? Homosexuals? All foreigners? And who will be left? Pure-blooded little Czechs in their own little garden. It’s not just that such a position or, ultimately, such a policy is immoral, it’s also suicidal.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26 April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006