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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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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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