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On the Life and Death of Liu Xiaobo

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 8, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The latest edition of a series of evenings exploring contemporary China will focus on Liu Xiaobo, the recently deceased leading Chinese intellectual and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. It will feature readings from Liu’s work, including poems and essays, as well as of excerpts from noteworthy studies of his contribution to Chinese literature, philosophy, society and politics.

The evening will be hosted by Olga Lomová and Martin Hála from the Sinopsis project.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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