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Roger Scruton: Notes from Underground (14. 9. 2015)

Evening with the British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton who, until his arrest by the StB and expulsion from Czechoslovakia in 1985, played a major role in the organisation of the era’s “underground university”. He later helped the Czechoslovak dissent via the Jan Hus Foundation in particular. Partly set in communist Prague in the mid-1980s, his novel Notes from the Underground is about love, nostalgia, the dissent and the search for the sacred and meaning in human life, religious faith, betrayal and disappointment. Michael Žantovský and Pavel Bratinka presented the book.

„Bytí má zkrátka paměť. A tedy i moje maličkost – buržoazní dítě, laborant, voják, kulisák, divadelní autor, disident, vězeň, prezident, penzista, veřejný fenomén a poustevník, údajný hrdina a tajný strašpytel – tu bude navždy. Respektive ne tu, ale kdesi. Nikoli však jinde. Kdesi tu.“

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