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Bohuslav Reynek: The Well at Morning

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 26, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

In connection with the publication of the first collection in English of poems by Bohuslav Reynek, the poet and translator Justin Quinn and the literary theoretician Martin C. Putna have put together an evening dedicated to the fate of literature during the Cold War and the translation of poetry.

The Well at Morning comprises a selection of Reynek’s poems and accompanying essays and has the ambitious aim of introducing international readers to this one-off Vysočina artist, including an introduction to the context of his work. It also offers an opportunity to discuss present-day perceptions of Reynek, a European poet, in the Czech Republic.

The evening will be hosted by David Vaughan; Petr Borkovec and Justin Quinn will recite a selection of poems.

The book is being issued by publishers Karolinum as part of the Modern Czech Classics series.

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Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

Václav Havel’s Prague