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Katalpa, Myšková: The Prose of Slums and Burrows

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 5, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The experienced prose author Jakuba Katalpa (real name Tereza Jandová), best-known for her previous novel Němci (The Germans) (2012), has just published the novel Doupě (The Burrow) on the Host imprint. The less experienced prose author Ivana Myšková, who won acclaim for her prose debut Nícení (2012), brought out a short story collection, Bílá zvířata jsou velmi často hluchá (White animals are very often deaf) through the same publishing house in May this year.

They issued their previous titles in the same year and are bringing out new ones in the same year. What do these solitary authors with a penchant for the bizarre have in common? And how do they differ? Will their prose focused on missed opportunities and misunderstandings find common ground during the evening, or will it fail to connect?

Interspersed with readings from the books in question, the evening will be moderated by Jan Němec.

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A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

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