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An Evening with Pavel Švanda

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 25, 2017, 20:00 – 21:00

Pavel Švanda, who alongside Václav Havel and Jiří Kuběna was a founder of the 36ers, will read from his new poetry collection Mudrc bělmem (The White Makes the Sage).

Anna Blažejovská will introduce and moderate the gathering.

Musical accompaniment will come from the duo Hanousek and Čarek.


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Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
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