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Arnošt Goldflam: His Own Man

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 24, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Presentation of the collection Horror a další hrůzy (Horror and other Horrible Stuff), a collection of plays by Arnošt Goldflam, a man of the theatre who in his unmistakable style has developed and enhanced the drama of the 1960s, absurdist and Dadaist drama, while remaining idiosyncratic and true to himself. An evening not only for lovers of contemporary Czech drama but also for aficionados of what is known as the Brno school of sentimentality.

Petr Minařík, editor in chief of publishers Větrné mlýny, will host the evening, while the author will read from his work. Followed by debate.

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Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington

„We are still a long way from that „family of man;“ in fact, we seem to be receding from the ideal rather than drawing closer to it. Interests of all kinds: personal, selfish, state, national, group and, if you like, company interests still considerably outweigh genuinely common and global interests. We are still under the sway of the destructive and thoroughly vain belief that man is the pinnacle of creation, and not just a part of it, and that therefore everything is permitted. There are still many who say they are concerdend not for themselves but for the cause, while they are demonstrably out for themselves and not for the cause at all. We are still destroying the planet that was entrusted to us, and its environment. We still close our eyes to the growing social, ethnic and cultural conflicts in the world. From time to time we say that the anonymous megamachinery we have created for ourselves no longer serves us but rather has enslaved us, yet we still fail to do anything about it.“

Václav Havel:
Speech to Joint Session of the United States Congress, Washington, February 21, 1990

What Price Human Rights?