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On the Roots of the Questioning of Liberal Democracy 
April 4, 2017, 19:00

Criticism of human rights – the genealogy of democratic scepticism. More

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Václav Havel: Protest 
April 6, 2017, 19:00

To sign or not to sign? This was a fiendish question that the writers of dramatic works frequently faced. This lesser known one-act Vaněk play from 1978 on a still topical issue will be performed by Havel’s “court” theatre, Divadlo na tahu; it has been staging his plays since 1975 when it put on a “scandalous” production of The Beggar’s Opera in Horní Počernice. More

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Karel Hvížďala: A Long-Dead Granddad 
April 10, 2017, 19:00

Karel Hvížďala’s second book of essays Dávno Mrtvý Dědeček (A Long-Dead Granddad) loosely follows on from his previous Osmý den týdne (Eighth Day of the Week). Within its pages major figures of Czech society in the 20th century come to life: painters Jan Zrzavý and Antonín Pelc, novelist Viktor Fischl, cartoonist Vladimír Jiránek, photographers Oldřich Škácha and Josef Koudelka and man of the theatre and poet Jiří Suchý.  More

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Debate with Respekt 
April 11, 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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Miloš Bondy: What the Smoke Blew Away, or How I Survived the Holocaust 
April 12, 2017, 19:00

Today aged 93, doctor Miloš Bondy came from a Prague Jewish family. In WWII he was sent with his whole family on a transport to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps, where both his parents perished. Miloš Bondy survived selection for the gas chambers, monstrous medical experiments and spells at other camps (Sachsenhausen, Ohrdruf and Buchenwald). Following a death march he was liberated at Eisenach in Germany. More

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Haytarma 
April 13, 2017, 18:00

The story of the Tatars in director Achtem Seytabaev’s film. More

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Gabina 
April 18, 2017, 19:00

An evening with photographer Gabina Fárová. More

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Staying Alive. A Souvislost Review Evening 
April 19, 2017, 18:30

“A dead poet does not write. Whence the importance of remaining alive,” writes Houellebecq. The Souvislost review is focused on similar questions. Was the magazine alive in last year’s editions? Is its current form also alive? Or is it recycling its own tradition and merely surviving? Who should read Souvislost today, and why? More

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The Fall into Europe – An Evening Marking the 80th Anniversary of Jiří Dienstbier’s Birth 
April 20, 2017, 19:00

A discussion focused on how the one-time journalist, stoker, Charter 77 signatory and political prisoner set about realising his dream of Europe as democratic Czechoslovakia’s first minister of foreign affairs. More

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Václav Jamek: In This World 
April 24, 2017, 19:00

Reading by Václav Jamek, the bilingual poet, critic, essayist and translator from French who lives between two countries. More

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Islam and Philosophy 
April 25, 2017, 19:00

How to understand contemporary Islam? Relations between philosophy and Islam and the issue of how the philosophical and intellectual histories of Muslim countries are reflected in contemporary Muslim society will be discussed by the professors Ali Benmakhlouf and Eric Linn Ormsby. More

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Wittgenstein’s Book of Facts 
April 26, 2017, 19:00

Ladislav Čumba’s literary text explores with perspective the story of Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. The son of a Kladno steelmaker, one of the richest people in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whose mother Poldi is still remembered by some residents of Kladno, he turned his back on that enormous wealth. He became a gardener and, after a colourful journey, a philosophy teacher at Cambridge. More

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Milena Jesenská: Crossroads 
April 27, 2017, 19:00

This extensive anthology of Milena Jesenská’s journalism from the period 1919–1939 entitled Křižovatky (Crossroads) will be introduced by Petr Pithart. Literary historian Marie Jirásková will discuss her editorial work on the publication, which took over four years, while family recollections will be shared by Prof. Anna Housková, granddaughter of Milena’s lifelong close friend Staša Jílovská.

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Fedor Gál: Across Fences 
April 28, 2017, 19:00

More than 10 years ago an email dialogue began between two men whose life stories could hardly appear more different. The sociologist, politician and dissident Fedor Gál, convinced that dialogue is necessary in all circumstances, corresponds with the National Socialist Matej, who remains in anonymity. What happens in the lives of the actors and how do their opinions and views shift across dozens of clicks of the “send” button? Ceremonial launch of unorthodox correspondence issued by the Větrné mlýny publishing house. 

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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