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Ceremonial Announcement of Essay Competition Winners

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: December 5, 2019, 16:30 – 18:00

Announcement of the results of the 11th annual Václav Havel Library student essay competition. This year’s edition responds to current challenges in the area of the environment and climate and its theme is The face of our country, or How do you view the face of the country in which you live? Is Czechia an earthly paradisefor the eyes? 

Václav Havel’s essays, such as The Power of the Powerless and A Word About Words, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language  not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them.

The following eminent figures in Czech public life sat on this year’s jury: writer Petra Dvořáková, poet and musician Jonáš Hájek, critic and editor focused on architecture and urbanism Karolína Jirkalová, journalist Ondřej Kundra and geobotanist Jan Albert Šturma.


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