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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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Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„And here we are once more on the subject of Czech small-mindedness. Look after Number One, don’t get mixed up in other people’s business, keep your head down, don’t look up – we’re surrounded by mountains and those whirlwinds from the outside world will blow over our heads and we can go on burrowing in our little backyard. How many wise essays or books have been written about his domestic self-absorption of ours!“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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