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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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