Tag Archives: Prague

Exterminating angel: an update on the comic ‘The Sorrowful Putto of Prague’

It was just about a year ago that I first spotted the comic The Sorrowful Putto of Prague, with its living, moving Baroque angel Xavier. Having written my own living, moving Baroque angel story I was fascinated to see a very different take on the subject, and one that came with so much humor, fantastic […]

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The revival of Franz Werfel

I’m not sure where on the scale of literary ambitions getting your face on a postage stamp should be ranked, but Prague-born writer Franz Werfel has just achieved this distinction. I have to admit to never having read a word Werfel wrote, though I have read a lot about him over the years. Last summer […]

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Kafka awards multiplying like cockroaches

Earlier this year it was announced that Irish writer John Banville was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize. Now it is being a bit coy and imprecise of the Kafka Society to only say that Banville is coming to Prague at the end of October to accept the award without, for example, naming the actual day. […]

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Literary map of Prague

In a bid to obtain the status of a “UNESCO Creative City of Literature,” Prague’s Municipal Library has put a literary map of the city online that locates both Czech and international writers in various parts of the city. At the moment the map is only in Czech (which I would think might hinder their […]

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The Sorrowful Putto of Prague

An interview with the creator of the comicbook Baroque anti-hero Xavier of the House of the Sorrowful Snows Since 1989 and the reemergence of Prague on the world stage, the city has become ever more closely linked with its Baroque artistic heritage. Write a novel that takes place in Prague and chances are the book […]

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Exile on a summer day

Following the opening day of a conference on “Scholars in Exile and Dictatorships of the 20th Century” being held in Prague, I trailed behind a group of international academics as they were carefully led the few blocks from the National Technical Museum to the hotel where “Welcome Drinks” were going to be served. It was […]

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Saudis at Prague book fair: cultural legitimacy for sale

Link: Saudis at Prague book fair: cultural legitimacy for sale On the controversy surrounding Saudi Arabia being the Guest of Honor at Book World Prague 2011 and the Saudi writers that weren’t there, as well as the idea that balancing the “Arab focus” of the event with a broad range of panels and writers was […]

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Pick Your Literary Poison

Link: Pick Your Literary Poison An article published on Readux about Literature Night 2011 and the Night of Czech Detective Stories taking place in Bremen on May 11. (Photo by Drahomír Stulír of the Libeň Gasholder and Libeň Chateau, where some of the Prague readings will take place).

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Prague Writers’ Festival 2011 preview

Link: Prague Writers’ Festival about to get underway The 21st Prague Writers’ Festival boasts the presence of Don DeLillo, Derek Walcott, Junot Díaz and a host of Czech and international writers coming to take part in readings, discussions, book signings and more. DeLillo will be reading a text from Falling Man specially edited for the […]

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Kafka’s old office – now a hotel room

From 1908 to 1922 Franz Kafka worked at the Worker’s Accident Insurance Institute for the Kingdom of Bohemia in Prague. Considering his work was virtually unknown in his homeland after his death, then banned successively by German occupiers and the communist regime, Kafka’s traces in his former city were not very well guarded. Today though, […]

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