Michal Zitko, the man who published the first complete Czech translation of Adolf Hitler's manifesto "Mein Kampf" three years ago, stood trial again in Prague on Wednesday. He had already been sentenced before for supporting or promoting a movement that aids the suppression of the rights of man. But, his three-year suspended sentence was struck down by the Supreme Court last year, when the prosecution was unable to specify which movement Mr Zitko had allegedly promoted by publishing Hitler's book. The Supreme Court returned the case to the district
In today's edition of One on One Jan Velinger talks to Professor Martin Hilsky, who teaches at the Department of English and American Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Prague. Mr Hilsky is among the most progressive translators of Shakespeare's works in the Czech Republic today - to date he has translated 23 of Shakespeare's plays into Czech, including a much acclaimed version of King Lear just last year. Martin Hilsky has been named an honorary holder of the Order of the British Empire, and just last week in Prague, was given the prestigious
Welcome to another edition of Czech Books - our bi-weekly look at Czech writing today. In this programme we're going to be looking at one of the most moving books that I've read in recent months, written by the Czech Republic's best-known war reporter, Petra Prochazkova. "The Aluminum Queen", brought out by the Lidove Noviny publishing house in both a Czech and an English edition, is a collection of in-depth interviews that Prochazkova made with Chechen women she met in refugee camps or in the ruins of the Chechen capital Grozny. Here's one woman,
Next week, from the 25th to the 29th of May, the sixth annual "Nonstop Reading" literary marathon will take place all over the world. Organised by the group Jazz Section-Artforum and the Czech Centres, this year's event is dedicated to former Czech president Vaclav Havel. The readings will begin in Prague, and will continue in Czech Centres all over the world and at the United Nations building in New York. My colleague Dean Vuletic spoke to former dissident Karel Srp, the head of Jazz Section-Artforum, and asked him how "Nonstop Reading"
Two books published recently in this country - one a couple of years ago and the other at the end of last year - raised very strong reactions among the lay and expert public. In 2000, a Prague-based publishing house put out a new Czech-language edition of Adolf Hitler's notorious book "Mein Kampf". This created uproar in the media, and publisher Michal Zitko received a three-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of two million crowns for spreading fascist ideas. Last year, the Supreme Court annulled the verdict but Mr Zitko is to stand trial
Welcome to "Czech Books", our new fortnightly series devoted to Czech writing and writers. In a series of interviews over the next few weeks the writer and musician Pavla Jonssonova, well known from the popular band Zuby Nehty, will be talking to a number of Czechs writing today. She starts with one of the most interesting contemporary Czech novelists, Iva Pekarkova, whose books are filled with energy, eroticism and heroines who are not afraid to take their fate into their own hands. Her first novel appeared in English as "Truck Stop Rainbows"
Bradley Abrams is an associate professor of history at Columbia University in New York City, where he specialises in the history of the Czech lands. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Texas and his masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. It was at Stanford University that he studied the history of East Europe, and here he describes how a book by Milan Kundera in a Texas bookstore sparked his initial interest in Czech history.
For the last few weeks it might have seemed that the Czech world of arts revolved almost exclusively around books. Well this time again, this programme focuses on two events related to books and literature - as they simply dominate the arts scene in the coming days. On Thursday, the ninth Prague book fair, Bookworld 2003 got underway at the Prague Exhibition Grounds. While it was "water, water everywhere" during last August's floods, now the Art Nouveau exhibition palace is for four days flooded with books.
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