On Wednesday January 16, the American Center in Prague will be hosting an event (PDF) exploring the themes of the recently translated Czech novel Rustic Baroque by Jiří Hájíček. Titled “Collectivization – Restitution – Literature”, the panel discussion will feature the author as well as the novel’s translator Gale A. Kirking and collectivization historian Jiří Urban. There will be simultaneous translation into Czech and English, and a reception will follow the discussion (because after talking about collectivization who doesn’t need a few drinks?)
Rustic Baroque is the first book of Hájíček’s to be translated into English. His 2012 novel Rybí krev (Fish Blood) was selected by Czech writer Jaroslav Rudiš on the most recent Finnegan’s List.
You can read a sample of Rustic Baroque here.
The discussion begins at 5pm and goes until 7pm at the American Center, Tržiště 13, Malá Strana.
Photo – German socialist collectivization in action/Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst – Zentralbild/wikimedia