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So As Not To Lose Our Minds – Young People Between Palach and Charter 77

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 3, 2019, 17:00 – 19:00

The testimonies of students from the period 1968–1977, i.e., “between Palach and the Charter”, put together as a collage of literary forms and narrative approaches in which each author offers their version of events according to their own memories and, in many cases, consciences. This represents a noteworthy mosaic of events from that time – small, humdrum and human, often carried out under the watch of cadre officers of all kinds –, as well as an exploration of the interior lives of young people in a period when the 1960s ethos was dying out and normalisation setting in.

Former classmates from the Vysočany Grammar School, including sculptor Martin Patřičný and writer Alexandr Popov, will discuss growing up in tough times, rebellion, conformism and the desire for love and freedom under the omnipresent supervision of the party and government.

Organised by the VHL in cooperation with publishers Galén and Nakladatelství Ondřej Fibich.


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