Ivan Binar – Revolution!
Added: March 16, 2018
Reading from his new novel by Ivan Binar. Revoluce! (Revolution!) is a painfully humorous book about how a joy-filled walk in the forest can suddenly turn into an existential horror. It doesn’t take much: in the deep forest, with gentle birdsong in the background, an ordinary upstanding young man meets two single-minded police officers carrying out a task, which is creating and uncovering the enemy within…The Charter 77 signatory and author Ivan Binar was imprisoned in the 1970s for sedition that he was meant to have committed during the musical Son of the Regiment. He was a Radio Free Europe editor while in exile and became a freelance writer following his return. He is one of the few contemporary authors focused on what might be dubbed the Christian roots of our civilisation. In his view, life, no matter how hard, has meaning; revenge is not a solution and leads at best to a chain of further injustices. While in his novels Binar frequently moves between very bizarre or dreamlike milieus, the effort to get to the essence of human existence is a constant.