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Margaret Atwood in Prague – Hag-Seed and Other Work

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 18, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic, feminist and social activist. From 1984 to 1986 she was president of the PEN Club.

A Harvard University graduate, she explores Canadian literature and national identity in her academic work. She is the author of numerous short stories, novels, poetry collections and children’s books.

Among her works are the psychological novel Life Before Man (1979), The Robber Bride (1993), The Blind Assassin (2000), the social sci-fi Oryx and Crake (2003), Hag-Seed (2016) and the short story collections Bluebeard’s Egg (1983) and The Tent (2006).

Her best-known work is the “speculative” novel set in the near future The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), which this year was turned into a TV series.

Margaret Atwood is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards, including the Man Booker Prize for 2000.

The evening with the author is taking place in cooperation with the Franz Kafka Society and on the occasion of her receipt of the international Franz Kafka Prize.

Michael Žantovský will host the event.

Simultaneous interpreting provided.


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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

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Václav Havel:
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