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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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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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