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Vladimír Vokolek – Anecdotal Anonymous Nation (VHL Workbooks No 9)

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The first Czech poetic reflection on the Communist putsch, Victorious February 1948.

Poems on Communist Putsch written 1948–1950

In all probability the first immediate poetic reflection of the Communist Putsch and the consequent life in lies.

Vladimír Vokolek is usually considered a spiritual poet. However, his life and work rather happened “in seclusions” than “in line”. Contrary to most others, spiritual poets perceived the coming of communist power as a national and ethical catastrophe, see Zahradníček’s Sign of Power. Even among them, Vladimír Vokolek was the only one who in his poems (February, Requiem for Jan Masaryk; Kaspar Hauser) with the original synoptic title Hic iacet took inspiration directly in the February Putsch and subsequent liquidation of inconvenient persons – in particular Jan Masaryk and archbishop Josef Beran. Kaspar Hauser, the hero of a German legend, man without past and without future, is here a metaphor of this impersonal presence of “anecdotal anonymous nation”.

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