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Viktar Valtar: Born Under Saturn

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: September 22, 2022, 19:00 – 21:00

In one state that neighbours Czechoslovakia I know certain people who are battle-hardened insurgents. You would have to illegally cross the border, join up with them and help them create an insurgent network…”

Belarusian novelist Viktar Valtar’s Born Under Saturn was written in the late 1920s, when Belarus was divided between Poland and Soviet Russia. Today Belarus is occupied militarily by Russia and, especially in the shadow of Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine, the dilemmas of Valtar’s protagonists feel extremely contemporary, as does their search for the meaning of life in a turbulent period of struggle for national independence.

This debate, held in connection with the publication of a Czech edition of Valtar’s novel set among Prague exiles from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, will feature translator Max Ščur, linguist Mirosław Jankowiak and Belarus Studies expert Jana Koliášová.

Hosted by historian Petr Hlaváček. 

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Belarusian Institute in Prague.


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