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Maxim Butchenko: Artist of War

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 9, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

Presentation of Maxim Butchenko’s book Artist of War with a discussion on contemporary Ukrainian literature and reflections on the conflict in the Donbass.

Maxim Butchenko’s novel is the partly autobiographical story of two brothers. One fights with the Donbass separatists organised by pro-Russian forces. The other lives in Europe and supports Ukrainian independence. Maxim Butchenko will explain the background to the book, translator Magda Bělková will read excerpts and Martin Laryš and Alexej Sevruk will discuss contemporary Ukrainian literature.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library and the Volvox Globator publishing house in cooperation with People in Need.

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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

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry