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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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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:
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