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Karel Pecka: “It’s acceptable…”

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

And does it seem to you that the times have changed to darker colours?”

Readings from the works of Karel Pecka, who is best-known as the author of novels and short stories set in the Communist labour camps where he spent 10 years of his life.

This evening comprised of poetry (from the world of Prague’s Lesser Quarter), short stories (Malostranské humoresky/Lesser Quarter Humorous Tales, Svůdnost černé barvy/The Seductiveness of the Colour Black), novels (Veliký slunovrat/The Great Solstice, Štěpení/Fission), journalism (including from the samizdat monthly Obsah and exile magazine K–231) and recollections (Jan Lukeš: Hry doopravdy/Games in Earnest) will offer an overview of Pecka’s oeuvre, in which he attempted to overcome his post-prison trauma and captured the mutability of the late 1960s/early 1970s period.

Markéta Kořená will speak about Pecka, while members of the Spolek Dobrá čeština will read from his works.

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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

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