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Religion and Violence – The Conflicts of New Religions 
February 6, 2018, 19:00

New religious movements are movements of protest. They frequently stem from dissatisfaction with a dominant social code, but they can also express disagreement with the existing ideology of an established religion. And conflicts involving new religions are not just a matter of the past, according to Zdeněk Vojtíšek’s new monograph Nová náboženství a násilí (New Religions and Violence). More

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Adin Ljuca’s One White Day 
February 8, 2018, 19:00

In his new book One White Day, Adin Ljuca chronicles the story of a man who finds himself inadvertently in an extreme situation of war, illness and loss, which the Bosnian writer observes from a perspective bereft of pathos or a veil of melancholy. He composes a sophisticated mosaic from fragments of human fate, telling the intimate story of a man and woman whose wartime experience have left them without any illusions or many of their nearest and dearest. More

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Svetlana Alexievich: Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets 
February 12, 2018, 19:00

Presentation of an audio version of the book by the 2015 laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature. More

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Debate with Respekt 
February 13, 2018, 19:00

Discussion with Respekt editors and their guests on a topical issue. More information will be posted at least one week before the event at www.vaclavhavel-library.org.

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Pavel Tigrid: London Calling 
February 14, 2018, 19:00

Václav Havel: “From my youth, Pavel Tigrid was for me above all an important and credible mirror of modern history. He wasn’t only a witness to troubled history but helped shape it. Tigrid was one of our certainties. He exists as an idea, a stance, an inspiration, a yardstick.” More

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Lost in Translation II 
February 15, 2018, 19:00

The Czech Literary Translators’ Guild and the Václav Havel Library invite publishers and translators to a round-table discussion on how publishers select foreign literature for translation, how they select translators to work on them and how cooperation between translators and editors works. More

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Target Julek 
February 20, 2018, 19:00

Presentation of an exceptional graphic novel tribute to Julek Varga – a seriously ill dissident who was a thorn in the side of the StB. More

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Olga Havlová’s Legacy in the Eyes of the Young Generation: Who Do Today’s 20-Year-Olds Look Up To? 
February 21, 2018, 18:00

Olga Havlová, one-time first lady of the Czech Republic, would have been 85 years old this year. While many people know her name, the majority mainly remember her as the wife of President Václav Havel. Few are capable of appreciating her as a personality who devoted her entire life to creating the conditions for the fomentation of civic society. As the founder of the Committee of Good Will she always fought for the rights of the most vulnerable and by means of the foundation helped the disabled, the abandoned and the socially disadvantaged. More

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Upcomming events

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1968–2018, Prague – Paris: Insurrectionary Europe 
February 22, 2018, 19:00

Annette Wieviorka: History – A Personal Matter More

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Blanka Fišerová: The 10 Commandments According to Dagmar – Final Performance 
February 26, 2018, 19:00

Let’s not be indifferent toward our past; it can after all very easily and quickly repeat itself… More

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Student February 1948 
February 27, 2018, 19:00

The Czechoslovak Communists’ rise to power and subsequent destruction of the state played out from at least 1945. February 1948 saw Communist efforts to seize power reach a climax, leading to not just a denial of all of the principles on which Czechoslovakia stood during the First Republic but also the complete disintegration of society. One immediate response to the Communist repression was a student march in February 1948. This subject will be explored by the writer and publisher Jiří Padevět and the historian Petr Koura. 

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Don’t Let the Spirit Go: A Story of Anxiety 
February 28, 2018, 19:00

Up to 1.45 million people in the Czech Republic suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. This entails not only specific phobias but also panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and perhaps social phobia. More

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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