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Karel Hvížďala: The Exile Astronomical Clock

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 28, 2019, 17:00 – 19:00

Exilový Orloj (The Exile Astronomical Clock) is a book of memoires that loosely follows on from Karel Hvížďala’s two collections of essays Osmý den týdne (The Eighth Day of the Week) and Dobře mrtvý dědeček (Well Dead Grandpa). The trio of highly personal testimonies showcase distinctive recollections that reveal connections between the author’s childhood years and the present, contain admissions of his own naivety and weakness and reflect with compassion on his friends’ motivations and actions.

The astronomical clock of the title refers to the companions with whom Hvížďa shared the exile’s lot, in particular his peers Václav Bělohradský, Jiří Gruša, Antonín Brousek, Karel Kryl and Karol Sidon, and from the older generation Milan Kundera, Arnošt Lustig and Josef Škvorecký.

The book will be “baptised” by Radkin Honzák, Karol E. Sidon and Jan Kerhart. Jiří Lábus will read excerpts while Dáša Vokatá and Oldřich Kaiser will provide musical accompaniment and Renata Klusáková will moderate.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with publishers Novela bohemica.


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