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Between Otokar Březina and Václav Havel

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  • Where: Montmartre Gallery
  • When: April 12, 2011, 17:00 – 20:00

A composed evening devoted to essays Word by Otokar Březina and A Word about Words by Václav Havel. Otokar Březina Association and František Bílek Association in cooperation with Václav Havel Library are the organisers of this event.

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