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If Not Putin, Then What? 
November 1, 2017, 18:30

Debate with the philosopher Alexander Morozov. More

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Tuvia Tenenbom: Divided America 
November 2, 2017, 17:00

As funny as Borat, as clever as Woody Allen and as persistent as Michael Moore. That’s Tuvia Tenenbom. After success on the Israeli and German markets, where his books have become bestsellers, the Zeď publishing house is now presenting Tenenbom’s work in the Czech Republic. More

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Ladislav Heryán: Hitchhiker on This Earth 
November 2, 2017, 19:00

The priest and Bible Studies expert Ladislav Heryán will hold a debate with his friends, who also appear in his book Stopařem na této zemi (Hitchhiker on This Earth), Dana Němcová, Kateřina Jacques, Martin Bursík, and students of the Jabok Higher Vocational School on the connection between faith and the desire to participate in the creation of a free space. More

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Psí Vojáci – Music on the Canvas 
November 3, 2017, 18:00

I’m in love, so in love that stars are growing on my back.” – Filip Topol More

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Javier Gomá: Worldly Philosophy 
November 7, 2017, 19:00

Javier Gomá (1965, Bilbao) is one of the Spanish-speaking world’s most prolific and original thinkers. More

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Faulerová, Pech: New Prose 
November 9, 2017, 19:00

Lucie Faulerová and Miroslav Pech rank among the most powerful voices in the new literary generation. More

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Anastáz Opasek’s Good Work 
November 13, 2017, 19:00

Petr Placák, Karel Hvížďala and Jaroslav Vejvoda will discuss the abbot Anastáz Opasek, who was something of a spiritual father of Opus Bonum, an exile lay Roman Catholic organisation that from 1978 ran international gatherings of exiles in the Bavarian village of Franken focused on topical questions and issues relating to Czech history, culture and politics – including Opus Bonum’s relationship to Charter 77.

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Debate with Respekt 
November 14, 2017, 19:00

Discussion with Respekt editors and their guests on a topical issue. More information will be posted at least one week before the event at www.vaclavhavel-library.org.

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M. C. Putna: Catholic Firebrands and Epigons 
November 16, 2017, 19:00

A discussion focused on Christianity and communism, firebrands and epigons, linked to Martin C. Putna’s book Česká katolická literatura 19451989 (Czech Catholic Literature 1945–1989). The debate will follow the presentation of the closing volume in a monumental three-volume history of Czech Roman Catholic literature. More

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Theatre Night: Václav Havel – Forever Young! 
November 18, 2017, 20:00

The theme of this year’s Theatre Night is “forever young”. Acting students from the Faculty of Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts have chosen two of Václav Havel’s plays to perform at the Václav Havel Library, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration and Unveiling. More

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Discussion with Jiří Jírů and Whakaari Rotorua: Václav Havel and Maori 
November 20, 2017, 19:00

“From what I have understood of Maori traditions and Maori culture, it shines through that fanaticism of all kinds is alien to them, that they are solely concerned with the acknowledgement of their own cultural identity and nothing more. They do their best not to be mere museum exhibits but to be perceived and respected as part of New Zealand’s past, present and future.” – Václav Havel More

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Russian Aggression in Ukraine 
November 21, 2017, 19:00

Russian aggression against Ukraine represents perhaps the greatest challenge to European security since 1945. Not only has it been an attack on the very foundations of the system of international law, it also raises with new urgency the question of how far the offensive ambitions of the current Russian regime can go. More

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Czechoslovaks in the Gulag 
November 23, 2017, 19:00

In connection with the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917, which spelled the start of a social experiment that led to millions being enslaved and murdered, Czech Television has prepared a three-part documentary series, Czechoslovaks in the Gulag, in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. More

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Jaremčuk, Belej: The Spirit of the Age, or Through Wild Ukraine 
November 24, 2017, 19:00

For several years the report genre has been developing rapidly in Ukraine. The best literary writers have been describing the fast-changing country, threatened by military conflict, in creative long-form pieces. Topics: The wild ‘90s. Untrammelled markets and mafia gangs. The interlacing of political, business and mafia groups. Fast cars, shootouts, moonshine and euro dance. The other within: Crimean Tatars. Crocodiles in swimming pools – pets of the wealthy. The spirt of the age: games consoles and Slovak wafers. They supported the Maidan, thinking victory had been won. Then came the men in green and they had to flee... More

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Angelika Pintířová – It Falls to Me from Heaven 
November 28, 2017, 19:00

Czech nun Angelika Pintířová in conversation with men. More

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Helena Frischerová: The Days of My Life 
November 29, 2017, 19:00

Evening dedicated to the Czech publication of the labour camp memoires of the Prostějov-born Helena Frischerové (1906–1937–1984), which have been brought out by publishers Academia in a translation by Radka Rubilina. More

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Our Man in New York 
November 30, 2017, 19:00

Discussion with Translator Alex Zucker. More

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Diary entry for 22. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„To tell you the truth, it’s not just Americans and other foreigners who think of me as a kind of fairy-tale prince or at least as the main character in a fairy tale; I too am often aware of something utterly unbelievable in my own destiny. And I’m less and less able to understand that destiny; at times I even see myself as a minor freak of history.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 22. April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

What Price Human Rights?