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Evenings with Polish Reporters VIII: Lord, those Czech women!

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

The Polish journalist and historian Mariusz Surosz has captured the stories of eight Czech women. Their complex fates speak volumes about our modern history, whether concerning the post-war settling of scores with collaborators, the dispute over Silesia or the phenomenon of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church.

Tomáš Dimter will chair a discussion with the writer and the heroines of his book.

An outside perspective can reveal details that we ourselves don’t notice – it is in this way that Mariusz Surosz offers a fresh view on well-known names such as Adina Mandlová and Věra Čáslavská. But first and foremost he discovers unknown heroines in the form of “ordinary” Czech women. The author studied philosophy and history at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University and has lived in Prague since 2011. The 2015 book Ach, ty Češky! (Lord, those Czech women!), which has this year been issued in Czech by publishers Mladá Fronta, follows his successful 2010 debut Pepíci. Dramatické století Čechů polskýma očima (Pepíci: The Czechs’ Dramatic Century Through Polish Eyes) and is Surosz’s second publication dedicated to Czech history.

Another meeting in a discussion series presenting contemporary Polish reporters organised by the Polish Institute in Prague and the Václav Havel Library.

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