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Reza Mirchi: Václav Havel in Modern Iranian Literature and Theatre

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 13, 2017, 17:00 – 19:00

Bohemist and translator Reza Mirchi will present films and documents mapping performances of Václav Havel’s plays in Tehran theatres and clubs, discuss the works by Havel that have been translated and published in Iran, and reflect on how contemporary Iranians view his philosophy and legacy.

Brain teasers have been prepared for participants, with rewards for correct answers.

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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

Václav Havel’s Prague