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Our Man in New York

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: November 30, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Discussion with Translator Alex Zucker.

New York native Alex Zucker originally studied zoology and appeared headed for a career as a marine biologist. However, a visit to Prague shortly before the Velvet Revolution became a turning point in his life and he soon learned Czech and embarked on a career as a literary translator. Today he is one of the most prolific Czech to English translators and has won numerous awards for his translations. He has introduced Anglophone readers to the work of writers such as Magdalena Platzová, Tomáš Zmeškal, Patrik Ouředník, Jáchym Topol and Petra Hůlová, whose Three Plastic Rooms, translated by Alex, is coming out this November. How is contemporary Czech literature faring in the big, mercilessly competitive world of literature in English? Writer Jáchym Topol will conduct the debate with his translator.

Alex Zucker is visiting Prague for a Czech Literary Centre residential stay.


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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

Václav Havel’s Prague