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Milada Blekastad – Letters in a Time of Repression

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: January 17, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The correspondence of Milada Blekastad (nee Topičová) with Jan Patočka, Ludvík Vaculík and Julie Nováková.

Milada Blekastad left behind thousands of pages of correspondence with close friends and eminent names in Czech and Norwegian science and culture. Her letters and responses are a record not only of professional and personal relations but also of the age in which they were written.

The Václav Havel Library is holding this debate on the significance of correspondence in the period of Communist dictatorship in cooperation with the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences and the Elg association. Speakers: Věra Schifferová (Czech Academy of Sciences), Vladimír Urbánek (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Jan and Ondřej Vaculík.

The evening will also see the launch of the travelling exhibition Invisible Bridge: Milada Blekastad 1917–2003.

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Václav Havel:
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