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Pavel Hošek: The Gospel According to Jaroslav Foglar

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 27, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

An evening dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jaroslav Foglar, Scout leader and writer, read and despised, surrounded by numerous myths and a victim of the Nazi and Communist regimes, a writer whose work has influenced four generations.

Writer Jáchym Topol will host a discussion with Pavel Hošek, a theologian and religious studies expert who is the author of the recently published Evangelium podle Jaroslava Foglara (The Gospel According to Jaroslav Foglar). The book explores the spiritual dimension of Foglar’s work and the significance of Indian totemism, secret rituals and Roman Catholic spirituality in his books, as well as the symbolic significance of sacred rituals, places, times and subjects in Foglar’s approach to education. Also participating will be Bohemist Tomáš Vučka, author of the book Cesta za modrým světlem (Journey by Blue Light), and Zdeněk Vojtíšek, who was a member of Foglar’s troop for many years.

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