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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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Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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